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Westminster food waste check on the menu

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An audit of catering in the House of Commons is taking place this month in a bid to reduce food waste, with officials saying MPs’ catering waste is already below the national average.

The House of Commons Commission, which is responsible for the administration and services, including the maintenance of the Palace of Westminster, says all catering food is currently segregated in the kitchens and food preparation areas and recovered off-site by anaerobic digestion.

The new drive on food waste was announced in a written answer from Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat MP who represents the Commission in the Commons.

He was asked by Labour MP Melanie Onn what proportion of unused and uneaten food produced or bought to be served on the parliamentary estate was either recycled, sent to landfill or donated to food aid providers.

Brake replied: “No catering waste from Parliament is sent to landfill, and no uneaten food is donated to food aid providers.

“We are continuing to identify opportunities to reduce the amount of food waste and to increase the proportion we do generate that goes for recovery. A food waste audit to support this is due to take place later this month in the House of Commons.”

Brake said that food waste from prepared dishes in House of Commons catering outlets was 3% against sales, below the national average for the catering industry of 5%.

The Sustainable Restaurant Association had rated the Commons “a good practice organisation in respect of food waste”, he added.

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