The government’s catering services need to reduce the amount of meat and dairy options available, according to Green MP Caroline Lucas.
“If Parliament can get its procurement policies right, then we’ve got much greater authority to call on other players in society to get their procurement policies rights as well,” she told The House magazine.
Lucas has reportedly written to the Commons’ director of catering services urging them to follow the Eat Better roadmap, part of a campaign to reduce meat and dairy consumption in the UK by 50% over the next 10 years.
She also wants the service to re-instate the Soil Association’s Food for Life scheme, which promotes locally sourced and ethical ingredients. The Commons catering services left the scheme last year due to an overlap with the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s “Food Made Good” scheme.
A Commons spokesperson told The House: “We are absolutely committed to ensuring that the House of Commons catering service operates sustainably and with environmental impact in mind.”