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Environmental Policy

Volume 227: debated on Monday 28 June 1993

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is her Department's policy on the purchase and use of (a) recycled paper, (b) low-energy light bulbs, (c) tropical hardwoods, (d) peat and (e) cars with catalytic converters.

It is the Department's general policy to give preference to the use of renewable natural resources, subject only to value for money and practical considerations. Non-renewable natural resources are used with care and economy when the use of natural renewable resources is not possible.With regard to the specific items listed, the Ministry:

  • (a) currently purchases recycled paper and paper products, provided they are fit for the purpose;
  • (b) has already converted many of its sites to low energy or reflector-lights as part of an ongoing energy efficiency programme;
  • (c) aims to purchase and use hardwoods which are from renewable sources only;
  • (d) uses peat alternatives wherever possible, the sole exception being for experimental purposes where peat is a comparative treatment;
  • (e) has a policy of purchasing cars fitted with catalytic converters.