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Prisons: Food

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 707, tabled on 11 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make assessment of the need to review diets and meals provided to prisoners on the prison estate to help ensure high nutritional provision and reduced use of processed foods.

Answered on

20 May 2022

Prison Rules require that prisoners are provided with meals that are wholesome, nutritious, well prepared, reasonably varied and sufficient in quantity. All meals take religious, cultural and medical requirements into account and are informed by Government guidance on eating a healthy diet.

We are working in partnership to review menus across the public sector estate, with 2,600 recipes being improved, removing unhealthy choices while ensuring religious, cultural and nutritional requirements continue to be met.