Tale of Two Chickens

Local MP, Andrew Selous, raised this matter in Parliament on 19 March.

He spoke in a debate on Vulnerable People: Food Supplies, saying, “Care homes and other residential settings that have been let down by their wholesale food suppliers are now being told by supermarkets that they will be treated just like any other consumer. Two chickens do not go a long way if they have 136 residents to feed. Will the Secretary of State urgently look into this issue for all residential settings, please?” [Citation: HC Deb, 19 March 2020, c1121]

George Eustice, The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responded, “I am happy to look at the specific issue that my hon. Friend raised. However, it is also worth noting that while there has been an increase in demand at retail shops, notably in supermarkets, there has been a sharp fall in demand in the service trade, as restaurants, pubs and so forth find that demand for their services has plummeted. Our understanding at the moment is that there are not issues in the food service supply chain, but I am happy to take up any particular case that he might have.

It is thought the MP was raising a confidential matter on behalf of a constituent.

Andrew Selous can be contacted here.

From his website: Andrew has surgeries in different locations and if you are one of Andrew’s constituents, and would like to discuss an issue with him in person at a surgery, please call his constituency office on 01582 662821 to make an appointment. Surgeries are by appointment only. You will be asked to confirm your name, address and telephone number and email address when you call to make an appointment, please have this information ready to hand.


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