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Departments: Paper

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled sources in each of the last three years. (134049)

The Department is committed to meeting cross-Government sustainable operations targets which include commitments to increase recycling rates and the mandatory minimum environmental procurement product standards for paper.

(a) Photocopying paper purchased is used in both photocopiers and office printers and therefore a separate figure for photocopiers is not available.

Usage (Percentage)

2004-05

3

2005-06

1Over 90

2006-07

96

1 This followed a change of supplier, product and price and the mandatory use of recycled paper.

(b) Printed publications (this includes Department’s claim packs forms and leaflets): from June 2007 all existing contracts for the supply of printed materials will cease and a new contract for the supply of Print and Associated Services will commence. This contract will meet all the sustainable operations targets for the supply of printed materials. All paper used, including paper with no recycled content, is derived from sustainable sources.

Usage (Percentage)

100 per cent. content1

50 per cent. content2

2004-05

0

33

2005-06

32

13

2006-07

57

10

1 Made from up to 100 per cent. post consumer waste with full Blue Angel accreditation. No bleaching is used in production and the energy supply used by the mill is also 100 per cent. green.

2 Made from up to 50 per cent. post consumer waste and virgin fibre.