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Public Sector Procurement of Food

Inquiry

In 2014, Defra published “A Plan for Public Procurement,” which showed that in 2010, the UK public sector spent over £2.4 billion annually on procuring food for beneficiaries including schools, hospitals, prisons, government agencies, and care homes. The Plan outlined new standards and guidelines for food procurement by public bodies, focusing on economic competitiveness, nutrition, and the production process. The report established a revised Government Buying Standard (GBS) and a ‘balanced scorecard’ for public procurement as part of a toolkit for food procurers of public bodies. Recently, there have been calls for the National Food Strategy commissioned by Defra to address food procurement.

Public procurement is currently governed by EU rules. The 2019 Conservative Party manifesto stated: “When we leave the EU, we will be able to encourage the public sector to ‘Buy British’ to support our farmers and reduce environmental costs”. After the transition period ends, the UK can change procurement rules, though this will be subject to other agreements, including the future relationship with the EU.

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Reports, special reports and government responses

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Sixth Report - Public Sector Procurement of Food
Inquiry Public Sector Procurement of Food
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
HC 469
Report
Response to this report
Third Special Report: Public Sector Procurement of Food: Government Response to the Committee’s Sixth Report of Session 2019–21
HC 499
Special Report
Third Special Report: Public Sector Procurement of Food: Government Response to the Committee’s Sixth Report of Session 2019–21
Inquiry Public Sector Procurement of Food
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
HC 499
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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12 January 2021
Inquiry Public Sector Procurement of Food
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
1 December 2020
Inquiry Public Sector Procurement of Food
Witnesses Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, and National Health Service (Supply Chain)
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
1 December 2020
Inquiry Public Sector Procurement of Food
Witnesses Farringtons, and South West Food Hub
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
PRO0058 - Public Sector Procurement of Food
Witnesses The South West Food Hub
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
PRO0059 - Public Sector Procurement of Food
Witnesses The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
PRO0050 - Public Sector Procurement of Food
Witnesses British Soft Drinks Association
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

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