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Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what assessment the Commission has made of the merits of using (a) recycled and (b) environmentally-friendly paper in House of Commons publications. (74145)

The archival requirement of the paper used for House of Commons publications precludes the use of recycled consumer waste material in its production. The specialist paper used in their production is made from imported pulp from managed forests where trees (often two) are planted for every one used. Some mill broke recycled element is included. The paper is chlorine and acid free. The paper merchant holds an ISO 14001 certificate of registration for its environmental management system.