The government is under fire for failing to ensure fish procured by the public sector is sustainably sourced.

Monday marks the deadline for responses to Defra's proposed Government Buying Standards, which would require government departments, prisons and the forces to source 60% of seafood from sustainable sources.

The Good Food for Our Money Campaign has blasted their failure to include hospitals, schools and care homes, which would be allowed to continue serving endangered fish. Under the proposals, only 20% of seafood bought by the entire public sector would have to be sustainable, it claimed.

The campaign group is supporting the Public Bodies (Sustainable Food) Bill, which, as The Grocer went to press, was due to receive its Second Reading. Joan Walley MP, who introduced it, said it would ­protect endangered fish.