Catering Services in the House of Commons

Written evidence submitted by J H Allwood, Strategic Estates Adviser, Department of Health

The Department of Health occupies four buildings in Central London and each has a catering facilities, provided by an outsourced contractor Quadrant and managed by our FM company, Interserve. At all but New Kings Beam House, freshly prepared hot and cold food is provided, together with hot and cold (non-alcoholic) drinks. At NKBH, a "deli" service is available, with only very limited hot food.

The facilities are generally open from 08.30 to 16.00 with hot food between 08.30 and 10am and again from 12 noon and 14.00. No subsidy is provided to the contractor, although all accommodation, utilities and repairs/replacement to equipment are funded by DH.

I hope that short summary will assist your review.

September 2010