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Environmental Policies

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been made for the recycling of waste by each of the services. (90315)

Recycling provision varies from site to site depending on the location and availability of local recycling facilities. Waste management activities, including recycling, are organised and managed through multi-activity contracts or through facility management companies. Usually facilities for the recycling of varying waste streams are provided. Site environmental advisors provide local guidance and instructions on waste management.

Recyclable material associated with domestic accommodation for service personnel is generally collected by the relevant local authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to inform armed forces personnel of the nearest recycling facilities to their accommodation. (90324)

Waste awareness initiatives, such as site introductory briefs and presentations, are carried out to inform armed forces personnel of the most appropriate collection scheme and/or the whereabouts of the nearest recycling facility to their accommodation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the merits of converting departmental vehicles to liquefied petroleum gas. (90327)

The Ministry of Defence’s non-operational vehicles are provided under the terms of two separate contracts, one for the UK and one for Germany. There are currently six liquefied petroleum gas vehicles available for use as part of the UK contract.

In line with the Government’s targets for sustainable development, the MOD is reviewing, with both contractors, a range of options, including increasing the availability of vehicles that use alternative fuels such as liquefied petroleum gas.

The MOD’s operational vehicle fleets are managed to comply with UK and EU legislation and the current NATO Single Fuel Policy. Since the acceptance and implementation of this policy in 1991, all operational vehicles procured will run on diesel or kerosene type fuels. For older vehicles, conversion programmes have been undertaken where this represents a cost-effective option for the remaining life of the fleet.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to promote Fair Trade products in departmental catering establishments. (90328)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for St. Ives (Andrew George) on 15 February 2006, Official Report, column 2094W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to source local products for use in departmental catering establishments (a) in the UK and (b) overseas. (90329)

The Ministry of Defence currently has a single global food supply contract with Purple Foodservice Solutions under which the supplier is responsible for supplying food to the armed forces both in the UK and on operations worldwide. In accordance with the MOD's procurement policy contractors are encouraged to purchase British produce whenever it is competitive and consistent with meeting the quality standards. The MOD is working with DEFRA and industry to maximise the competitiveness of British produce.