§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the constituents of the emergency rations issued to Army personnel in the field. 
§ Mr. Spellar
Personnel deployed in the field are normally fed using Operational Ration Packs when fresh food supply is not practicable or in the period before a fresh food supply chain can be established. The rations replicate normal feeding patterns by providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks together with hot and cold drinks and are designed either for consumption under group feeding arrangements or for issue to the individual. There are currently seven menu variations. The ration packs can have up to 24 components, which vary depending on the ration type and the menu. The constituents range from ancillaries such as can openers and toilet tissue through snack items, such as biscuits and beverage sachets, to main meal items of meat and vegetables and a dessert.