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Fair Trade

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with retailers on promoting fair-trade products. (76139)

The UK Government are a strong supporter of fair-trade products. They help farmers and other producers earn a decent living and get more of the final value of the product. DFID supports a number of initiatives to help more producers benefit from fair-trade certification. DFID has given over £1 million to the Fairtrade Foundation, including support for new product development and encouraging engagement with UK retailers.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development and I have recently been in written communication with some of the large UK retailers, including Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s on their fair-trade product development and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development is in contact with them on the related issue of standards and sourcing products in developing countries.