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Christmas

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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. (305645)

The Department for Communities and Local Government and its agencies purchased the following number of Christmas trees over the last five years:

Number of trees

Cost (£)

2004

5

4,602

2005

6

5,296

2006

6

5,444

2007

4

4,900

2008

5

2,034

The trees are provided by local suppliers from a sustainable source and where possible disposed of by conversion to wood chips for composting and mulching.