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Christmas

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Christmas trees were purchased by his Department and its agencies 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. (305637)

The following table shows how many Christmas trees were purchased by the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), including its arms length bodies but excluding its agencies, NDPBs and the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland, in each of the last five years; the cost of those trees; and the process by which the trees were disposed of.

Number of trees

Total cost (£)

Disposal process

2005-06

4

193

Chipped and recycled for mulch

2006-07

4

244

Chipped and recycled for mulch

2007-08

3

290

Chipped and recycled for mulch

2008-09

2

195

Chipped and recycled for mulch

2009-10

1

125

Chipped and recycled for mulch

The following table shows how many Christmas trees were purchased by the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland, in each of the last five years; the cost of those trees; and the process by which the trees were disposed of.

Number of trees

Total cost (£)

Disposal process

2005-06

1

223

Disposed of by the supplier

2006-07

4

1,763

Disposed of by the supplier

2007-08

3

670

Disposed of by the supplier

2008-09

0

0

n/a

2009-10

0

0

n/a

During the defined five year period the PPS has changed from providing real Christmas trees to providing artificial trees.

The following table shows how many Christmas trees were purchased by the Northern Ireland Prison Service, in each of the last five years; the cost of those trees; and the process by which the trees were disposed of.

Number of trees

Cost (£)

Disposal

2005-06

0

0

n/a

2006-07

0

0

n/a

2007-08

1

125

Chipped

2008-09

1

80

Chipped

2009-10

2

370

Will be recycled as bark chippings

The Compensation Agency and Youth Justice Agency have had no expenditure on Christmas trees in each of the last five years.

Information in relation to the Forensic Science Agency could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The names of suppliers cannot be disclosed for security reasons. Sustainability of the source of the trees is in the remit of the suppliers.