HC Deb 21 March 2001 vol 365 c210W
Mr. Hilary Benn

To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee what fair-traded products are(a) used and (b) sold in the cafeterias and restaurants of the Palace of Westminster. [155066]

Mr. Dennis Turner

While I cannot, of course, answer for the policies of the Refreshment Department in another place, I am pleased to confirm that the following Fairtrade Mark products are sold in the cafeterias and restaurants of the House of Commons: "Clipper" teas; "Tikki Café" coffee beans and ground coffee from Matthew Algie Tea and Coffee Merchants; and "Divine" milk chocolate and "Dubble" chocolate rice bars from The Day Chocolate Company.

The House of Commons Refreshment Department also has a policy to support the aims of the Cotonou Convention, specifically with reference to the purchase of Caribbean bananas and cane sugar.