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Departmental E-mail

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to reduce the number of hard copies of e-mails printed by officials in his Department. (179474)

The MOD discourages the unnecessary printing of e-mails as part of our overall policy of managing waste in accordance with the waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle). Where electronic documents are printed it is our policy that all unrestricted waste papers are consigned to recycling activities.

An Information Management Protocol is currently being developed and this will reinforce that e-mails should not be printed unless absolutely necessary.