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Departmental Paper

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. (320029)

Paper purchased by the Department is purchased through the Department’s office supplies contract with Office Depot or through the Central Office of Information (COI) for print and published material. The majority of general printing and copying paper used by the Department is Evolve Everyday or Niceday, 80 gsm, in A3/4/5 sizes. Other paper purchased is from Office Depot or Niceday Environmental (Forest Stewardship Council-certified) range.

All of the Department’s print and publishing is through COI and paper is purchased from companies on the COI EU tendered Framework. Various papers are purchased with 50-100 per cent. recycled content. On rare occasions when viable recycled products are not available other FSC or programme for the endorsement of forest certification schemes—approved virgin fibre products may be purchased.

Paper products purchased by the Department’s cleaning contractor, Resource FM, and consist of toilet paper and paper towels. All toilet paper is Scott Performance 4476, which has a 100 per cent. recycled content. All paper towels purchased by the Department are Wypall Centre Feed, which has 100 per cent. recycled content.

Swantex paper napkins are provided by the Department’s catering contractor, Quadrant Catering Ltd. These are either 100 per cent, recycled content or 10-40 per cent. part recycled and dyed using food dyes.

The Department is committed to only purchasing paper and paper products that conform to the Government’s “Buy Sustainable—Quick Wins” minimum environmental specifications.