Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (371)

Mary Upton


497 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his policy in respect of provision of local, nutritious food in the canteens and restaurants in his 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. [3073/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The provision of food in my Department's canteens and restaurants is contracted out to private contractors and, accordingly, the information sought is not available. However, a wide variety of food is provided by the various operators and they are open to considering any requests for particular foodstuffs. The invitation to tender for the Department's main restaurant in the Custom House specified that a wide range of nutritious food, including vegetarian options, should be provided. It is the policy of the successful company to prepare all foods fresh on a daily basis and to put in place an innovative approach to the provision of a healthy nutritious diet.