Written evidence submitted by Ministry
of Defence |
On site catering for UK civilian establishments is
mainly provided through Regional Prime Contracts administered
by Defence Estates or under Multi Activity Contracts placed by
individual Top Level Budget holders.
UK based service personnel are primarily catered
for through Catering, Retail and Leisure (CRL) contracts which
incorporates Pay as You Dine arrangements. These are being introduced
across the UK and account for some 60% of service personnel fed.
For UK Armed Forces personnel "in barracks"
(when personnel are not being fed under CRL contracts) there is
a single food supply contract with Purple Foodservice Solutions
Ltd managed by the Defence Food Services Team.
The contracts cover the whole range of catering requirements
ranging from canteen, restaurant and mess facilities & refreshments
for meetings, to vending machines and on-site shops.
The arrangements at the Ministry of Defence's head
office, Main Building, may provide a more useful comparison for
the Committee. Catering is provided under a PFI contract covering
soft and hard facilities services. The PFI contract includes a
management charge for the provision of a catering service, which
is required to meet certain standards and to be delivered at a
cost competitive with local external providers. The catering itself
is designed to be self-financing; the income stream is generated
through a combination of personal/staff consumption and business
support requirements as detailed below. The offering for personal/staff
consumption must be competitive with the myriad of alternative
outlets in the vicinity; as to the official hospitality, this
must be provided in accordance with the official MOD hospitality
and allowance rates. The catering contractor is not charged rental
or for utilities.
The catering provision in MOD Main Building falls
into two categories:
- Support to staff in their personal capacity,
for which they pay themselves and comprises:
- Staff restaurant; providing hot and cold food
throughout the working day.
- A small shop; providing sandwiches, snacks, and
other useful items throughout the working day.
- Coffee Bar; provided at the contractor's initiative,
risk and cost.
- Vending Machines; drinks and snack machines have
been provided throughout the building (the numbers are due to
be significantly reduced).
- Support to business, which is paid for by Business
Units and comprises:
- Support to meetings; teas/coffees, biscuits.
- Working lunches; normally buffet style.
- Receptions and events, with drinks, buffet, etc.
- Executive Dining; a higher standard of offering,
affording senior staff the opportunity to entertain visitors within
the MOD Main Building, with attendant logistic and security benefits.