HC Deb 13 January 1998 vol 304 c157W
Mr. Öpik

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will give a breakdown of the country of origin of meat bought for the armed forces, in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement; [20243]

(2) if he will ensure that all meat bought for the armed forces is of United Kingdom origin; and if he will make a statement. [20244]

Mr. Spellar

The procurement of food for the Armed Forces is contracted to Booker Foodservice which took over the contract from NAAFI on 1 October 1997. The Ministry of Defence does not specify the source from which Booker Foodservice should obtain meat, but expects it to seek the best market prices for these and all other products. It is required to give full consideration to British products. Booker Foodservice has advised the following estimate for the breakdown of country of origin for meat purchased for the Armed Forces, based on value, for the 12-month period ending September 1998:

Per cent.
United Kingdom 100
New Zealand 52
Uruguay 48
Australia 30
New Zealand 24
Uruguay 22
United Kingdom 13
Holland 4
Ireland 4
Brazil 3

These figures will be subject to variation dependent upon markets providing the best value for money.

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