Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (150)

Mary Upton


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.