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Official Publications

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) findings and (b) recommendations were of the review conducted by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of practice across Departments on the printing and distribution of Government publications. (134079)

Following the implementation of the cross-departmental policy on the use of recycled paper and the adoption of an electronic print policy in October 2005 officials from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister performed an informal impact review of the use of recycled paper and the electronic distribution of Government publications. This showed there will be an initial increase in cost but ultimately these will reduce and that there will be a positive environmental impact. On this basis a report is being drafted which will recommend the continuation of the use of recycled paper and electronic publishing in all Government Departments.