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Drinking Water

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has made to other Government Departments on ceasing the use of bottled water and providing tap water instead; if he will publish the responses received; and if he will make a statement. (187972)

The use of bottled water for meetings and other official business is to be phased out across the whole Government estate.

On 6 March, the Cabinet Secretary wrote to the head of every Government Department suggesting they should replace bought-in bottled water with tap water for all meetings in future.

A number of Departments including DEFRA have already stopped using bottled water for official meetings but the proposal is to extend the ‘tap water only policy’ throughout Government Departments.

The new policy is expected to come into effect by the summer.