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Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Christmas trees were purchased by his Department in each of the last five years; what the cost was of those trees in each year; from where the trees were sourced; what account was taken of the sustainability of the sources of the trees; and by what process the trees were disposed of. (305636)

My Department has purchased two Christmas trees each year since December 2007, prior to this we were gifted two trees each year from Wales Forestry Commission.

In 2007-08 and 2008-09 we purchased Christmas trees through the Ministry of Justice, from a sustainable source, at a cost of £120 and £210 respectively.

In December this year we purchased our trees from a sustainable source in South Wales for £300.

Since 2006-07 all trees have been disposed of through our recycling contract.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009. (306690)

As a small Department with only two offices we do not budget separately for Christmas trees. Their expenditure is included with the general office supplies.