Fairtrade Towns

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:39 pm on 6th March 2003.

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Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party 5:39 pm, 6th March 2003

The minister heard from members about the excellent track record of the Scottish Parliament in promoting fair trade. However, the Scottish Executive has enormous purchasing power. I asked two parliamentary questions on the issue in November 2001, but I was disappointed to be told that the Executive does not take into account the purchasing policies of its outside catering contractors, nor the choice of fair trade in its own purchasing policy. Will the minister consider that, so that the Scottish Government can play more of a role in promoting fair trade?