School Meals:Written question - HL240

Asked on: 21 October 2019
Department for Education
School Meals
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of food served in English schools is (a) organic, and (b) locally sourced; and what plans they have, if any, to increase that percentage.
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 31 October 2019

Schools are responsible for their school meals service and how and where they choose to buy their produce. The department does not hold the information on what percentage of food is organic and locally sourced. Schools may use the guidance launched alongside the government’s 'Plan for Public Procurement: Food and Catering Services'.

The guidance provides a methodology which helps contracting parties balance a range of criteria when procuring food and catering services. These include production standards, health and wellbeing, resource efficiency, socio-economic factors, quality of service and price.

The guidance has been attached and is available from:

HL240_guidance (PDF Document, 2.65 MB)

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