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House of Lords: Fair Trade Products

Volume 688: debated on Monday 22 January 2007

asked the Chairman of Committees:

Further to his Written Answer on 18 December 2006 (WA 248), whether bananas are among the fresh fruit being examined in relation to the provision of fair trade products by the House of Lords Refreshment Department. [HL1348]

Fair trade bananas from the Windward Isles have previously been sold in refreshment outlets when they were available from the market. However, the increased uptake of fair trade bananas by supermarkets has reduced their availability to small-scale purchasers. As a result, the supply of fair trade bananas to the Refreshment Department has become unpredictable and the refreshment outlets have been unable to provide the fruit as a regular product. The supply situation will be kept under review.