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Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development at how many events held by his Department (a) wine and (b) Fairtrade wine were served in the last three years; and what assessment his Department has made of the merits of serving Fairtrade wine at future events. (196942)

The Department for International Development (DFID) does not retain this information centrally, and it cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

Our contracted catering company is required to supply Fairtrade or other ethically traded items if specifically requested to do so by the function organisers. In line with HMG policy, DFID is committed to improving market access to producers in developing countries through increased participation in fair and sustainable supply chains.