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Household food insecurity measurement in the UK

Published Friday, December 2, 2016

This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on household food insecurity measurement in the UK to take place in Westminster Hall on 6 December 2016 at 9:30am. The subject for the debate has been chosen by Emma Lewell-Buck MP.

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Food insecurity (or security) may be defined and understood in different ways. It covers a broad spectrum of issues from food prices to dietary needs and can be considered at a national level (a country’s total food supply) or at the level of individuals’ ability to access food for themselves and their families.

The House of Commons Westminster Hall debate on 6 December 2016 is expected to focus on households’ ability to adequately feed themselves and how this can be measured.


Debate packs are produced by the Commons Library quickly after the announcement of parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary materials. More detailed briefings can be prepared for Members on request to the Library.

Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0238

Authors: Feargal McGuinness; Jennifer Brown; Matthew Ward

Topics: Food, Incomes and poverty

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