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Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Minister of State for International Development if the Government will offer financial support for the monitoring of the International Coffee Organisation"s Quality Improvement Scheme. [114334]

I have been asked to reply.The European Union is responsible for paying the membership subscriptions of all EU member states at the International Coffee Organisation (ICO). The ICO Secretariat administers the Quality Coffee Scheme and part of the subscriptions of member countries is used to monitor the Scheme, primarily by gathering information from exporting members.