The parliamentary body is looking for submissions from organisations and individuals into how the UK can do better with the £2bn spent every year providing meals in schools, hospitals, prisons, and many other public bodies.
The deadline for written submissions is August 27th.
In particular, the committee wants to address:
* How effective have current food procurement rules been at achieving environmental outcomes, encouraging healthy eating and supporting local suppliers, including SMEs?
* What impact have Defra’s 2014 Plan for Public Procurement and the Government Buying Standard (GBS) had, and how could they be improved?
* How much flexibility will the UK have to change food procurement rules outside the EU?
* What should the Government’s priorities for future food procurement be? (a) How should the Government support these priorities in the negotiation of new trade deals?
* To what extent should the public sector be encouraged to ‘buy British’, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of such an approach?
For more information about submitting evidence visit: https://committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/176/public-sector-procurement-of-food/