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Fairtrade Goods

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to promote the sale of Fairtrade goods. [110428]

We provided significant support of £1.3 million over the last three years for the Ethical Trading Initiative and £0.5 million over the last two years to the Fairtrade Foundation's efforts in promoting and supplying marketing of Fairtrade Products in the UK. My hon. Friend the Minister for E-Commerce and Competitiveness held a meeting with business leaders in November 2002 to look at ways of mainstreaming Fairtrade as part of an on-going dialogue on this important issue. We have taken action to ensure that Fairtrade tea and coffee is available throughout the DTI's offices.