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Departmental Paper

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products his Department uses; and what his Department's policy is on the procurement of those materials. (320027)

The majority of divisions within the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) use a central contract to procure copying paper. Suppliers on this contract are Antalis; Banner; Office Depot and Supplies Team.

Brand details of copying paper procured through this contract are:

Everyday Business recycled paper A4 80 gsm white;

Evolve Business recycled paper A4 80 gsm white;

Xerox recycled paper A4 80 gsm (various colours);

Banner minute sheets A4 and A5 sizes 70 gsm;

Steinbeis recycled paper A4 80 gsm white.

Separate arrangements are in place for our London Office, who source copying paper via locally based suppliers. The local supplier used is Xerox. The brand of paper procured is Xerox Supreme recycled paper A4 80 gsm white.

All brands of copying paper procured by the Department are 100 per cent. recycled.

There are local arrangements in place in each NIO location with landlords providing paper based products such as kitchen and toilet rolls. There is no central list of the suppliers or brand names of these products.

Departmental policy is to procure recycled copying paper and paper products in line with the Quick Wins targets set by the Government.