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Fairtrade Initiative

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 708W, on the Fairtrade initiative, what Fairtrade products are (a) available for purchase at his Department's staff catering facilities and (b) offered at official departmental meetings and engagements. (209007)

The Fairtrade products available for purchase at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) catering facilities are as follows:

tea, coffee, biscuits, flapjacks, chocolate, juices and cake.

All of the above are available on request for official departmental meetings and engagements via the FCO Hospitality Booking website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 708W, on the Fairtrade initiative, what the value was of Fairtrade produce purchased at his Department's staff catering facilities in each of the last three financial years; and what proportion of total revenue this represented. (209008)

The total value of Fairtrade purchases made by the catering facilities within the Foreign Commonwealth Office over the last three years was:

King Charles Street (London)—£172,800, which equates to 18 per cent. of the total revenue;

Old Admiralty Buildings (London)—£64,800, which equates to 25 per cent. of the total revenue; and

Hanslope Park (Milton Keynes)—£90,000, which equates to 13 per cent. of the total revenue.