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House of Lords: Plastic Bags

Volume 698: debated on Monday 28 January 2008

asked the Chairman of Committees:

Whether the House of Lords Refreshment Department will cease the use of plastic bags when present stocks are used up. [HL1469]

Plastic bags are the only type of bag currently available in House of Lords Refreshment Department outlets, apart from the House of Lords gift shop where paper bags are used for small or very large purchases. The option of providing paper bags in a fuller range of sizes across outlets in replacement of plastic bags has been considered but was discounted on the grounds of cost. Consideration has also been given to the procurement of biodegradable plastic bags but the commercial range currently available is small and relatively costly. The Refreshment Department continues to seek an alternative to the use of plastic bags and will keep the supply situation under review.