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Lord to quiz Tesco, Waitrose and waste companies on food waste

The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy will next week take evidence from representatives of Tesco, Waitrose and the waste industry as part of their inquiry into the EU's contribution to Food Waste Prevention.

On Tuesday 10 December in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords the Committee will hear from:


  • Matt Simister, Group Food Sourcing Director, Tesco
  • Mark Little, Food Waste Reduction Manager, Tesco


  • Quentin Clark, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Waitrose.

The Committee will question the witnesses on the level of food waste within their businesses – Tesco recently announced 28,500 tonnes of food was wasted in the first six months of 2013, but Waitrose does not publish figures -  what role supermarkets can play in reducing food waste at the beginning of the food chain and how they ensure that unsold but edible food is redistributed and what legal obstacles prevent them from doing more of this.

On Wednesday 11 December in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords the Committee will take evidence from:


  • Roy Hathaway, Europe Policy Advisor, Environmental Services Association (ESA)
  • Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, Sita
  • Robert Hunt, Executive Director, Veolia


  • Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA)
  • David Baldock, Executive Director the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

The session will be webcast at and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament's Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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