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12 June 2007

Fairtrade key to poverty reduction

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today called for a major increase in Fairtrade products to be available on supermarket shelves and an end to unfair trade barriers, ahead of a major new report into Fairtrade by an influential Parliamentary Committee.

Mr Barrett, a former member of the International Development Select Committee which is producing the report was among MPs who questioned representatives from multinational companies including Starbucks and Tesco as part of the wide-ranging investigation.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the report, Mr Barrett called on supermarkets to increase the number of fairly trade products on their shelves and encouraged the public do their bit to support the Fairtrade brand.

John Barrett, who was recently promoted to Liberal Democrat spokesman on international development said:

“Buying Fairtrade really does make a difference. People know when they are buying Fairtrade goods that they are putting money directly into the pockets of those who need our help most.

“However, as well as increasing the number of fairly traded products available, we also need to make sure that international trading conditions themselves are fair and are not rigged in favour of richer nations.

“Following the G8, positive moves have been made to increase aid. However the other vital piece of the jigsaw is to allow poorer countries to trade fairly in an international market. Reviving the DOHA World Trade talks must now be a key priority to ensuring that trade works to benefit people in the poorest countries, not just the richest.”

 

Notes

The International Development Committee will publish its report on Fair Trade and Development at 0.01 am on Thursday 14 June 2007 as the Seventh Report from the Committee, Session 2006-07 (HC 356–I).

 

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