The Minister for the Foreign Office delivered a statement to the Commons to mark Commonwealth Day.
I wanted to seek more assurances on the work that can be done to tackle Modern Slavery. The exploitation of another human being is disgusting and I am proud of the work we do at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in sharing information between parliaments to bring this to an end.
I also wanted to know what action the UK Government is taking to promote Fairtrade as it is the best way to help people lift themselves out of poverty and earn a decent day’s pay for a decent day’s work.
Last Saturday, I attended the Mold Fairtrade group promoting the fairtrade status of Mold. This was part of the groups action to promote Fairtrade Fortnight.
Fairtrade Fortnight is crucial in highlighting the importance of ensuring that those who produce the goods we use get the benefits themselves in their communities. Thanks to the Mold Fairtrade group for organising the stall in Mold market, to the Coop group store in Mold for donating the Fairtrade bananas, and to Tesco Mold for donating the Fairtrade tea and coffee.
On Tuesday, I visited a Fairtrade Fair in parliament to speak to producers and suppliers of Fairtrade products on how we can support this fantastic cause.
One of the people I met was a coffee farmer. He explained to me the difference that Fairtrade has made to his life and his community. Ensuring that he gets paid a decent price for his products meaning that he can invest into his business and help it grow.
As you may know, Mold is a Fairtrade town and other towns in Delyn are thinking of becoming one as well.
I fully support Fairtrade and hope that next you are in the supermarket you consider buying a Fairtrade branded product to ensure that people get paid a fair share for their work.