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Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. (320028)

During the current financial year the Home Department's (a) supplier of (i) paper is Office Depot and its suppliers of (ii) paper products are Office Depot and Lyreco.

The brands of paper used by the Department are: Office Depot, Xerox, Mondi IQ, Evolve, Conquerer, Niceday, Epson and Hewlett Packard.

Paper supplied by brand is as follows:

Table 1




Office Depot

Office Depot

recycled paper 80GSM, A3 and A4 80GSM business paper, everyday A5 80GSM, white duplicator paper, A3 and A4 green paper 80GSM, A4 minute sheets, various colours duplicator paper A4 80GSM, A3 and A4 colour printing paper 80GSM and 100 GSM, cream A4 160GSM


photocard high gloss 240GMS P, various colours A4 80 and 160 GSM, various colours duplicator paper A4 80GSM, ijet hi gloss A4 145GSM, blotting paper, colour printing paper

Mondi IQ

everyday A3 80GSM, FSC MC IQ various colours paper A3 and A4 80 and160 GSM, FSC MC A4160 GSM card, FSC MC IQ A4 GSM, FSC M50percent colorcopy white A4 200 GSM


office copier A3 and A4 80 and 100GSM


FSC MC wove A4 vellum and cream, MC ultra smooth diamond white, FSC MC laid brilliant white A4 100GSM


Glossy photo paper, A4 167GSM matt photo paper

Hewlett Packard

premier photo, HP C6035A 1/J bright white


A3 and A4 premier paper 90 and 100GSM

The brands of paper products used by the Department are: Office Depot, Niceday, Sealed Air, Post-It, Pukka, Tyvek, Lyreco, Impega, Sasco, Elba, Tucson, Collins and Black N Red. The paper products supplied by supplier and brand are as follows:

Table 2



Paper products



sticky notes, indexes, flags




bag C4 manilla rib, ruled manuscript books, tab divider, diaries, envelopes, gussett envelopes


repo notes, paper index, diaries, wire spiral pads, notebooks, envelopes, film index, dividers, clipboards, sticky notes, shorthand books, manuscript books, window envelopes


year planner


dividers, extra wide dividers





Black N Red

wirebound perforated books, pads, notebooks

Office Depot

Office Depot

gussettt envelopes, window envelopes, diaries, manilla envelopes, sticky notes, flipchart pads


calendars, desk calendars, diaries, wall calendars, year planners, laser labels, pads

Sealed Air

bubble lined envelopes


indexes, sticky notes


jotta pads

As part of its commitment to the Government's sustainable procurement agenda, the Department's policy is to comply, where possible, with the appropriate ‘Quick Win’ options.

‘Buy Sustainable—Quick Wins’ is a set of sustainable specifications for a range of commonly-purchased products which include paper. The products assessed were chosen for their environmental/financial impact, scope for environmental improvement and political or example-setting function.

‘Buy Sustainable—Quick Wins’ are comprised of both a set of mandatory minimum standards at the market average level and best practice specifications. These best practice specifications are more stretching than the mandatory minimum.

The Department has tailored its catalogue to allow purchasers the option to buy all ranges of paper that comply with the quick wins agenda.