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Schools: Food Supply

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL10646, tabled on 23 November 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on school food supplies.

Answered on

9 December 2020

The UK has a high level of food security built upon a diverse range of sources including strong domestic production and imports from other countries. This will continue to be the case whether the transition period ends with or without a deal.

The government is working in partnership with food suppliers to ensure there continues to be a flow of food into the country. We are confident that schools will continue to be able to provide pupils with nutritious school meals at the end of the transition period no matter the outcome of negotiations.

We would still expect schools to meet the School Food Standards. Schools have a great deal of flexibility in the foods that they can deliver under the School Food Standards - if a particular product is not readily available for any reason, the standards allow schools a wide range of freedom to substitute in similar foods that are available.