§ Mr. Meale
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to her by my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary on 5 May 1999,Official Report, column 410.429W
My Department's policy is to keep the matter under review and to ask caterers to set out their policy and charges for the use of fair trade products. It is then for local managers to decide on the scope to use fair trade products, having regard to value for money. Fair trade products have recently been introduced in vending machines in our London Headquarters buildings.