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Fairtrade Initiative

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 441W, on the Fair Trade initiative, how much his Department spent on refreshments for official departmental meetings and engagements in each of the last three financial years; and what percentage of this total was spent on Fair Trade products. (211567)

Over the last three financial years, my Department has a recorded spend of approximately £1 million each year on refreshments for official meetings and engagements. This spend was through our contracted service provider. It is not possible to separate the spend relating to fair trade products.

This figure also includes refreshments for meetings booked by external bodies, including other Government Departments, using our conference facilities. It is not possible to separate this spend from that of BERR's, although we do recover these costs.