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General Elections

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of recycled paper is used in general elections by the returning officers;(2) how many reams or tonnes of paper are used for general election notices, regulations and ballot papers;(3) if he will estimate the increased consumption of paper required for the simplest form of proportional representation.

The information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Some forms of proportional representation might require little or no increase in the volume of paper used at an election.