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Fairtrade Initiative

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will provide for the stocking of Fairtrade bananas in House cafeterias. (196223)

The House of Commons Catering and Retail service stocks Fairtrade bananas from time to time and in particular during Fairtrade fortnight, which ran from 25 February to 7 March 2007.

Despite extensive research of the market, however, it has proven exceptionally difficult to source a supplier able to supply Fairtrade bananas in the relatively small quantities required by the Catering and Retail service. Most Fairtrade bananas are purchased at source by the major supermarkets and those that are available on the wholesale fruit market in London generally have a minimum order level of one pallet (540 kg) per delivery, which is far more than we can reasonably use or store.