Army Board: Fair Trade Initiative

Defence written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has taken steps to ensure goods provided to members of the Army Board are fair trade.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

Unless it is exempt, all public procurement must comply with the EC Public Procurement Regulations, which preclude the ability to specify a requirement as fair trade as it is considered anti-competition. It is, therefore, not legally possible to ensure that goods provided to the Army Board or the wider public sector are fair trade. However, the Department's policy encourages full consideration to be given to fair trade products whenever they meet the relevant legitimate criteria.

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