Oral Questions in Parliament | Waste Review

Posted on: 15th June 2011

Taken from the debate on 14th June 2011.


Andrew George (St Ives, Liberal Democrat)

I welcome the publication of the review today. Does my right hon. Friend agree that if we are to address the challenge of the regularity of waste collection, we need particularly to look at pages 58 onwards of the report in relation to the management of food waste? What will the Government be doing to reassure people that we will meet ambitious targets to reduce food waste going into the chain?


Caroline Spelman (Secretary of State, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Meriden, Conservative)

I thank my hon. Friend for a question that obviously shows that he has read the review. He will know that it contains the startling fact that we waste £12 billion worth of food a year, something that we can ill afford to do. We need to work with all involved in food production and packaging to try to minimise the amount of food waste.