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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10170: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage more fresh fish to be eaten in schools.

Answered by: John Swinney 26 July 2017

The Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008 places a duty on schools to provide oily fish (fresh, canned or frozen) at least once every three weeks. The 2008 guidance document which supports the implementation of the Regulations also recommends that other fish should be provided at least once a week.

The 2014 guidance document 'Better Eating, Better Learning - a new context for school food' is designed to support schools as they drive further improvements to the school food service. It includes a section dedicated to 'sustainability through food' and advocates the use of fresh, seasonal and sustainable food (including fish).

The Scottish Government has provided £5.6m over five years for food education projects. Fisheries interests such as Seafood in Schools formed part of this work which is designed to complement Curriculum for Excellence in teaching children and young people about the role food choices play in their health and wellbeing, the economy and the environment.