Fair Trade Initiative

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1539W, on the Fairtrade initiative, what Fairtrade products are (a) available for purchase in his Department's staff catering facilities and (b) offered at official departmental meetings and engagements; what value of Fairtrade produce was purchased in his Department's staff catering facilities in each of the last three financial years; and what percentage this represented of total revenue.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

Fairtrade products that are available for purchase within the Department for Children, Schools and Families include: coffee, tea, fruit juices, confectionery, snack bars and fresh fruit. Proceeds from the sale of bottled water are used by the charity ONEWATER to fund the provision of clean water projects in Africa. All tea and coffee supplied for official internal departmental meetings and engagements is Fairtrade.

Information on breakdown of sales in respect of fair-trade products is not held by the Department and would incur disproportionate costs to obtain from the commercial supplier.

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