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Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will discourage the wasteful use of paper by companies, public authorities, including nationalised industries, pressure groups and other bodies, in the production of publications, frequently on glossy paper, for prestige purposes.

I expect that, in the current economic climate, those responsible for producing such documents would avoid the use of high-grade papers for purely prestige purposes and, indeed, reduce the quantity of any paper used for such purposes. The question of the most effective means of discouraging such practices is one of the matters being put to the Waste Management Advisory Council which was recently set up by the Government.