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Fair Trade (Coffee And Tea)

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the oral statement by the Secretary of State for International Development, Official Report, 5 November 1997, column 332, if she will instruct officials to serve coffee and tea furnished by suppliers who adhere to fair trade standards in her Department. [15495]

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