Freedom of Information
9 Downing Street
Our ref: DEX001366
29 August 2018
Dear Rachael Venables,
I refer to your request, where you asked:
Ministers admitted on Tuesday 24th July that the UK would be making preparations
to ensure an adequate supply of food, medicines and even blood in the event of a
Can you provide me with a full copy of your guidance and preparations for this
stockpiling plan? Including, but not limited to:
- Any guidance on what items to store, or lists of products specifically you wish to
- The locations you have planned for storing these goods, how much has been spent
on vacating or purchasing these spaces.
- Estimations of how long your planned supplies will last.
- Estimations of how much this policy will cost.
I can confirm the information you have requested is not held by the Department for Exiting
the European Union (DExEU).
The Government does not have any plans to stockpile food. The UK has a high degree of
food security with access to a diverse range of sources of food supply, including domestic
production. This will continue to be the case after we leave the EU. The Government is
committed to securing the best deal for the food, fishery and farming sectors, whilst ensuring
that consumers continue to have a wide range of choice of high quality food products at
The Department of Health and Social Care has published information relating to ‘no
deal’ Brexit scenario and the potential impact on the supply of medicines, and you may wish
to contact them for further information.
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