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Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government at how many events held by her Department (a) wine and (b) Fairtrade wine were served in the last three years; and what assessment her Department has made of the merits of serving Fairtrade wine at future events. (196950)

Hospitality for departmental events is supplied through Communities’ contracted facilities management service which includes provision of catering. Since April 2005 there have been 59 events where they have supplied wine, however Fairtrade wine has not been provided at any of these events.

Her Majesty’s Government are committed to improving market access to producers in developing countries through increased participation in fair and sustainable supply chains.

Communities’ hospitality menu is kept under regular review. As part of this, Fairtrade wine has recently been added as an option.