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Departmental Email

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will take steps to reduce the number of hard copies of emails printed by officials in his Department. (179466)

I am conscious of the need to minimise the printing of emails. Staff in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills are generally aware of, and anxious to support, sustainability issues. We have recently reduced the number of printers in the Department, we encourage double-sided printing, and we have also issued all staff with encrypted laptops, which they are encouraged to use flexibly, for example, by taking them to meetings to reduce the need to print off hard copies of agendas or minutes.