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Fairtrade Initiative

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 132W, 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. (209022)

There are no mandatory policy requirements in place for the procurement of Fairtrade products by central Government Departments. However the Government are committed to improving market access to producers in developing countries through increased participation in fair and sustainable supply chains. Each Government Department is responsible for making its own decisions on such products, against the background of the Government's value for money policy, the EC procurement rules and the Department's objectives.

My Department operates only one small staff catering facility; no Fairtrade products are currently sold there.

We have used Fairtrade tea, coffee, and fruit at official engagements. When supply contracts are renewed we are looking to extend the range of goods available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 132W, on the Fairtrade initiative, in which departmental buildings (a) Fairtrade products are provided at official meetings and functions and (b) Fairtrade products are not made available for official meetings and functions. (209023)

My Department is responsible for catering at Stormont House and Hillsborough Castle; Fairtrade products are available at both locations.