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Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether it is his Department’s policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises; (173491)

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

It is not the policy of this Department to provide Christmas trees, incandescent light bulbs or LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.

The vast majority of the Department’s estate has been sold (freehold, feuhold and long leasehold interests) or transferred (short leasehold interests) to Land Securities Trillium via a PFI—private finance initiative—contract known as PRIME. DWP pays a unitary charge in return for fully serviced accommodation.