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Departmental Paper

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Solicitor-General what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products the Law Officers' Departments use; and what the Law Officers' Department's policies are on the procurement of those materials. (320021)

The information requested is as follows:

Attorney-General's Office (AGO)

Where possible, the AGO uses recycled paper products. Where it is not recycled, it is sourced from ‘well-managed forests’. The hand towels, which are currently ‘virgin pulp' are being switched to a 100 per cent. recycled product once current supplies are exhausted

Brand

Supplier

Paper type

Size

Weight

Recycled content

Evolve

Eximedia

Copier paper

A4

80g/m

100 per cent.

Steinbeis

Banner

Copier paper

A3

80g/m2

100 per cent.

Xerox Symphony

Banner

Copier paper—green

A4

80/gm

Virgin

Letterheaded paper

Eximedia

Ministerial paper

A4

100g/m

Virgin

Viking

Viking

White Card

A4

160g/m2

Virgin

Luxury whisper

Mayflower

Toilet tissue

100 per cent.

Tork premium

Mayflower

Hand towels

Virgin

Katrin classic

Mayflower

Kitchen roll

100 per cent.

National Fraud Authority (NFA)

The NFA is committed to using suppliers that are contracted via the Office of Government Commerce Buying Solutions Framework to ensure value for money; procuring paper products that are sustainably sourced where possible. In 2008-09 all paper products used by NFA were sourced from sustainable forests and are 100 0 per cent. recyclable. Current brands used are as follows:

Type

Supplier

Brand

Specification

Copier paper

Lyreco UK Ltd.

Navigator Universal

A4 and A3 80gsm White

Printing paper

Lyreco UK Ltd.

Navigator Universal

A4 and A3 80gsm White

Banner Business Supplies

Xerox

A4 Symphony Tint 80gsm Green

No orders were placed for paper packaging, craft materials or hygiene products

between August 2008 and March 2009.

Serious Fraud Office

SFO policy on the procurement of paper and paper products is (wherever possible) to meet the “Buy Sustainable—Quick Wins” best practice specifications issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Suppliers used are ‘Talk paper’ and ‘KH packaging’. The brands are as follows:

Paper brand

Evolve Office

Evolve Office 2 Hole

Drilled

Data Copy Colour

Data Colour

Data Colour Every day

Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has a national framework contract with Office Depot for the supply of general stationery items and photocopying paper. CPS Sustainable Procurement Policy mandates that relevant products are purchased in accordance with the Office of Government Commerce's list of quick wins.

The CPS does not keep central records of the brands of paper products purchased and to obtain these details would involve manually checking paper records throughout the organisation and would incur disproportionate cost.

According to records supplied by Office Depot brands of paper purchased during 2008-09 include Niceday, Epson, Evolve, Hewlett Packard, Xerox, Datacopy, Steinbeis and Conqueror.

The CPS is a devolved organisation and it is possible that additional paper products outside of the Office Depot contract have been purchased. To obtain details of these including the brands of items would incur disproportionate cost.

Prior to the merger of the two departments in 2009-10 Revenue and Customs Prosecutions' Office (RCPO) obtained all its paper supplies, other than the fine quality bond paper, from Premier Beswick Paper mills, who are a recommended supplier from OGC. All the paper provided by Premier Beswick is 100 per cent. recycled.

Treasury Solicitor's Department

The Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSol) utilises (a) Banner Office Supplies and Exi Serve Ltd. and (b) paper products as follows:

Size

Stationery items—supplier and brand both Banner Office Supplies

A-Z index books

A4/A5

Memo pads

A4/A5

Shorthand notebooks

A5

Plain pads

A5/A6

Post-it notes

Small/medium/large

Blue inserts/spines/corners

Photocopying paper (part recycled fibres)

A4

Photocopying paper (part recycled fibres)

A3

Envelopes—supplier and brand both Banner Office Supplies

A5 White Window

229x162

A5 Plain

229x162

A4 Window

A4 Plain

Plain

254x178

Plain

381x254

Window

110x220

Plain

110x220

Plain

406x305

Transit envelopes

Medium/large

Stationery products—supplier Exi Serve Ltd; Brand Q-Connect

Business storage boxes/archive boxes

Counsel note books

The Treasury Solicitor's Departments policy is to procure, where possible, all items of paper products from Banner Office Supplies under a framework agreement negotiated by HM Revenue and Customs and to ensure that items are procured in the most cost-efficient and environmentally manner possible.

HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

HMCPSI have adopted sustainable procurement and are working with TSol towards adopting their e-procurement policy and framework. Wherever possible, HMCPSI are committed to meet the “Buy Sustainable—Quick Wins” best practice specifications issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The following table shows the (a) suppliers (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products bought during the financial year 2008-09.

(a) Supplier

(b) Brands

(i) Paper

(ii) Paper products

Lyreco UK Ltd.

Evolve which is 100 per cent. recycled content

Copier/office paper

Paperback Ltd.

Croxley Heritage which is 80 per cent. recycled content

Letterhead

Paperback Ltd.

Evercolour which is 100 per cent. recycled content

Coloured paper

Xerox (MOJ) supplier

Usually Xerox own brand paper. No definite figure for recycled content but meets government standard

Report Printing

Pioneer Quality Services and their sub-contractors

No information supplied by contractor

Toilet paper and hand towels

Lyreco UK Ltd.

Impega and Tyrek—company brands. They are endorsed by the Forest Stewardship Council and are sourced from sustainable forests and are 100 per cent. recyclable

Envelopes