Jo led an East Dunbartonshire fair trade delegation to Parliament recently to meet Minister for International Development Gareth Thomas
Jo Swinson MP has asked the House of Commons Commission to set an example by providing goods sourced from Fairtrade suppliers in House of Commons gift shops.
The question was put earlier this week to House of Commons Commission spokesman Nick Harvey MP.
“I saw huge enthusiasm surround Fairtrade Fortnight in East Dunbartonshire, as, I am sure, did my colleagues in their own constituencies around the country. To make a real difference, Fairtrade is a habit that needs to be sustained all year round.
“Although 95% of souvenirs sold in Parliament are from British suppliers, Parliament has an opportunity to set an example by asking these suppliers to source raw materials that are fairly traded. I have asked the House of Commons Commission to look into this matter and report back to me.”