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Fair Trade (Coffee And Tea)

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral Statement by the Secretary of State for International Development, Official Report, 5 November, column 332, if he will instruct officials in his Department to serve coffee and tea furnished by suppliers who adhere to fair trade standards. [15488]

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer the Prime Minister gave on 13 November 1997, Official Report, column 617. All procurement decisions in the Department are based on the Government's policy of value for money.