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Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many plastic bags his Department has procured, and at what cost, since it was created. (176673)

Information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only by contacting each division of my Department at a disproportionate cost.

The Ministry of Justice encourage recycling initiatives of which there are many and an increasing number across the estate, to minimise the impact of plastic bags in waste. Our procurement policy is also to ensure that purchasing is environmentally focussed and that our suppliers have their own sustainable strategies. Key elements of our own policy are to keep consumption to a minimum, to use only recycled and recyclable products and materials wherever possible, and to encourage local management and facilities managers to operate effective recycling schemes.