Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (229)

Mary Upton


358 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his policy in respect of provision of local, nutritious food in the canteens and restaurants in the Department; the percentage of the purchased provisions which are produced locally; the percentage which is imported; the percentage of the food on sale which is fast food; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3068/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

An independent catering company is contracted to provide the food served in the canteens in my Department. The Department's partnership canteen committee, which represents staff, monitors the service provided including the price, range and quality of the food. So called "fast food" is not available in the canteens. It is the collective aim of senior management and staff in the Department to ensure that the contractor maintains and consistently enhances the quality and variety of food available in the interests of the health and well being of all staff.