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Departmental Paper

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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. (320030)

Since October 2007, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) uses a collaborative government framework agreement put in place by the Ministry of Defence for its supplies of paper in the UK. The supplier of the Framework is Office Depot. All A4 photocopy and printer paper purchased by the FCO is made from 100 per cent. recycled materials. A number of more specialised paper products are made from 75 per cent. recycled materials.

The FCO purchases hygiene paper products by Andrex, Scotts, Wypall and Tork (manufactured by Kimberley Clark and FCA) for its bathrooms, toilets and kitchen facilities in its offices in the UK.

80 per cent. of the FCO's bespoke print paper products from its in-house print facility are made from 100 per cent. recycled materials.

FCO Services, an Executive Agency of the FCO that has been operating independently as a Trading Fund since 1 April 2008, also has a framework agreement with Woodway Packaging for the supply of packing materials such as flatpack boxes and corrugated cardboard.

Information about the suppliers and brands of paper and paper products purchased by our missions overseas is not held centrally and would only be available at disproportionate cost.

The FCO is committed to operating in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner. All staff in the UK and working in its missions overseas are informed that it is policy to purchase 100 per cent. recycled paper. They are also informed that all paper and paper products should be purchased in line with Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affair's “Buy Sustainable—Quick Wins” guidance.