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Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether it is her Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises; (173490)

(2) what her Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for her Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.

Communities and Local Government provides a real Christmas tree in the reception of its three HQ buildings. The trees are sustainably sourced, whereby for each tree harvested, another is planted. These are decorated using ultra-energy-efficient LED lights. The trees are disposed of sustainably by conversion to wood chips for composting and mulching.