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Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department spent on the purchase of (a) recycled office supplies in the last 12 months and (b) printer ink cartridges in each of the last five years; (274204)

(2) what proportion of office supplies purchased by his Department were recycled products in the latest period for which figures are available.

In financial year 2008-09, the MOD spent a total of £20.3 million on its corporate office supplies contracts. Of that figure, 54 per cent. (£11 million) was spent on products that contained recycled material.

Until 1 October 2007 MOD office supplies, including printer consumables, were purchased under a number of separate contracts.

Information relating to spend prior to this date is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The amount spent since 1 October 2007 is provided in the following table.

£ million

FY 2007-08

FY 2008-09

Recycled office supplies (excluding printer ink/toner cartridges as shown below)

0.3

0.7

Printer ink/toner cartridges

(a) Remanufactured (i.e. with 100 per cent. recycled content)

0.6

1.3

(b) Containing approximately 10 per cent. recycled material

4.0

9.0

(c) Containing no recycled material

0.5

1.0

Total spend on printer ink/toner cartridges

5.1

11.3