Department for International Development: Fair Trade Products

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Lord Hanningfield Lord Hanningfield Shadow Minister, Transport

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much the Department for International Development spent on refreshments in each of the past five years; and what proportion of this expenditure was on fair trade products.

Photo of Baroness Crawley Baroness Crawley Labour

The amounts spent on hospitality for meetings for the last three years are as follows:

2005-06: £190,826;2006-07: £189,332; and 2007-08: £177,425.

Due to various changes in our catering service providers, we are unable to provide information for the earlier two years without incurring disproportionate cost.

Precise figures for the proportion of the spend which was fair trade are not available, but based on value it is estimated that it represents around 35 per cent. All tea and coffee served at meetings is fair trade.

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