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Departmental Paper

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products her Department uses; and what her Department's policy is on the procurement of those materials. (320022)

Either directly or through their subcontractors—Xerox (UK) Ltd. provide DWP with the following paper and paper products:

Core print—forms and leaflets

Configurable print—letterheads, complement slips etc.

Marketing and publicity—promotional posters, campaign support products

Secure print—girocheques and payable orders

Cut paper—photocopier and printer paper (to support desk top, local and bulk copying)

Stationery products—e.g. diaries, envelopes, notebooks etc.

At present, cut sheet papers are branded primarily by Banner, M Real, Steinbeis, Datacopy, Hewlett Packard and Xerox. From April 2010, DWP will move to a single brand of 100 per cent. recycled cut paper—Xerox Recycled.

The majority of DWP forms are currently produced on a 100 per cent. recycled paper branded Releaf.

To maximise value for money, the Department's policy is to use only products through the Xerox contract.

Other paper products are provided through other central contracts:

Letters to DWP customers and other internal documentation are provided by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services (HPES). The sourcing of the paper products under this arrangement is determined by HPES and not the Department.

Additional promotional products (outwith the Xerox arrangements) are provided through COI and range of communications framework suppliers. Under these arrangements, the suppliers are responsible for the sourcing of their own paper and paper products.