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Fair Trade

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the change in volume of fair trade products sold in the United Kingdom has been over the last three years. (70917)

The volume of Fairtrade certified products sold in the UK has grown by 111 per cent. since 2003, reaching £195 million in 2005. The UK is the largest Fairtrade market across the 20 Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO) participating countries. Particular examples include: sales of Fairtrade coffee in the UK reached £65.8 million in 2005, from £34.3 million in 2003; and Fairtrade bananas are now worth £47.7 million, up from £24.3 million in 2003.

The UK Government support the aims of the Fairtrade movement, and in March 2005 increased its funding to the Fairtrade Foundation, through DfID, by a further £750,000. This brings the Government’s total level of support to over £1 million between 2002 and 2007, to raise business and consumer awareness of fairly traded products through educational and promotional activities.