§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is the policy of her Department to use fair trade products, as a matter of course, in(a) sales on Departmental premises and (b) receptions and meetings involving staff and visitors.
§ Mr. Caborn
DCMS has a catering contract for staff restaurant facilities and hospitality. While the contractors are encouraged to use Fair Trade products the extent to which they are sold is dependent on the commercial success of so doing. Where Fair Trade products have been accepted by the customers as representing good quality and value for money, they continue to be sold. When renewing the contract in the spring of 2004 DCMS will stipulate that Fair Trade goods should be an option wherever possible.