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MP Will Quince appointed to conduct review into public sector food procurement

12th Mar 2024 - 07:00
Review into public sector food procurement
Environment Secretary Steve Barclay has appointed MP Will Quince as an independent advisor to support the Government’s ongoing work to improve food procurement in the public sector.

Quince’s review will seek ways to make the system more accessible to small and medium-sized businesses and farmers, as well as boosting animal welfare and environmental standards.

The review will also look at how the Government can further promote high standards for food and catering services, for example in hospitals or local authority settings, such as residential care.

His review will consider opportunities to extend the reach of the existing framework, the Government Buying Standard for food and catering services, particularly to education settings.

Commenting on his appointment, Quince said: “Public bodies spend around £5bn on food every year so it’s right that we look at opportunities to boost the impact food procurement has on the environment and the local community.

“Whether it’s schools, our armed forces, hospitals, prisons or local councils, I look forward to working with all those involved in the production, buying, cooking, serving and consumption of food in public bodies to identify the ways in which we can deliver on our commitments on climate, nature and health and considering the benefits of, and barriers to delivering food that is fresh, local and sustainable.”

Quince will engage with stakeholders across the public sector food and catering supply chain and will also examine international practices.

Barclay added: “We will ensure our schools, hospitals and armed forces are using their budgets to support sustainable food produced to the high animal welfare standards we have here in Britain, which are some of the best in the world. Will Quince is ideally placed to lead this work given his wealth of experience in numerous departments, including DHSC and DfE.”

Written by
Edward Waddell