London, Oct 16 (ANI): British taxpayers are outraged at criminals being offered an "a la carte" choice of five different prison meals a day.
Under new rules made by the Justice Ministry, dubbed 'Porridge ' la Carte', inmates will be presented with a menu from which to select their desired meal from the five on offer.
Prison Governors must change the menu regularly to ensure the same options do not appear more than once a month.
The rules came into force at every prison in England and Wales on October 1.
Fiona McEvoy, of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "While the law-abiding brace themselves for cuts in services, criminals are being fed better than patients, schoolchildren and the elderly in many cases."
The Justice Ministry orders say that each menu must include a hot meal, a cold meal, a vegetarian option and one free of dairy products. A halal option must also be offered.
The order dictating the changes even insists that prisoners are 'consulted' about the quality of meals served, the Daily Mail reports.
Prisons minister Crispin Blunt, who previously gave the go-ahead for Halloween and Christmas parties for inmates, is responsible for prisoner food rules. (ANI)