Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (150)

Mary Upton

Ceist:

279 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Finance 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. [3065/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Finance)

While it is a matter of personal preference and individual choice, I would encourage people to eat healthy and nutritious food. My Department, as part of its health and well-being awareness programme, advises and encourages staff in regard to healthy eating.

Cafeteria services in the Department are provided by a private catering firm. The range, quality and sourcing of the food provided is a matter for the catering firm taking account of its customers' tastes and demands.