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Members: Correspondence

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Under-Secretary of State expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 16 June 2009, on climate change. (293846)

[holding answer 15 October 2009]: I replied to the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on 23 October and apologise for the unacceptable delay.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons letters sent from Ministers in his Department to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak dated 5 March (ref. DM/117961) and 3 February 2009 (ref. PM/111604) were printed on one side of each sheet of paper only; if he will make it his Department's policy to use two-sided printing for its correspondence; and whether he has made an estimate of the potential savings in respect of paper use consequent on the implementation of such a policy. (293873)

The Department uses duplex (two-sided) printers, and the default setting is for two-sided use. Following older convention, a proportion of letters from my Department has been sent single-sided. However, we are implementing a policy of all correspondence being printed on two-sided paper for the future. We estimate this will lead to a monthly saving of £10.50 in paper costs.