Food: Bananas

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote competition in the trade in bananas.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government considers that the trade in bananas is currently working well with competition in the market resulting in better outcomes for UK consumers.

The Government is aware of concerns raised by the Fairtrade Foundation about the impact of this competition on banana producers overseas. The UK Government is a committed Fairtrade partner and is providing

£18 million over six years to help Fairtrade International have a greater impact in their work and make the global Fairtrade system stronger.

If there is evidence that anti-competitive practices in the banana market are having a negative impact on UK consumers or on the supply chain, this should be reported to the Office of Fair Trading (or the Competition and Markets Authority from 1 April) for consideration.

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