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Christmas

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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. (305646)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families was created on 28 June 2007. Since then four Christmas trees have been purchased from a sustainable source at a total cost of £2,100. This included delivery and installation costs. The supplier has advised that for every tree that is cut down, another is grown. The trees are shredded and recycled.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department budgeted for Christmas trees in 2009. (306148)

[holding answer 10 December 2009]: The Department for Children, Schools and Families budgeted £550 for Christmas trees in 2009.