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Fair Trade

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent proposals the Government have tabled in the EU to (a) promote fair trade between the EU and developing countries and (b) prevent unfair competition by EU companies and agriculture with developing countries. [125744]

The Government are working through the EU and with all WTO members to ensure the Doha Trade Round negotiations provide a fairer framework for international trade. A better deal for developing countries is part of the Government's objectives at the WTO Ministerial in Cancun this September. The recent agreement on reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy enhances the prospects of success.