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Departments: Paper

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms are in place to ensure his Department's economical use of paper. (128005)

DFID employs a number of measures to ensure the economical use of paper. All printers and photocopiers wherever possible are set as a default to double-sided printing, and staff are encouraged not to print out internal correspondence sent via e-mail unless absolutely necessary. Our electronic document records management system means that staff have access to a central electronic repository of documents rather than needing to rely on paper files. All used paper is sent for recycling.

DFID currently meets the Government targets for sustainable operations in respect of the reduction of waste generally.