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Government: Office Equipment

Volume 718: debated on Monday 8 March 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by (a) the British Potato Council, (b) the Forestry Commission, (c) the National Forest Company, (d) Natural England, and (e) the Advisory Committee on Packaging in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much each spent in total on photocopier paper in the last year for which figures are available. [HL2297]

The British Potato Council was dissolved on 31 March 2008 when five of the UK levy boards were merged into a single levy board, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to generate cost and efficiency savings.

The Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) is an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB) which does not employ staff and is provided with support by Defra. The ACP does not hold records on the price or usage of photocopier paper.

Details for AHDB and the other bodies requested are set out in the table below. All figures are for the financial year 2008-09.


Forestry Commission(1)

National Forest Company

Natural England

Paper brand

Office Team



Evolve Business, Evolve Office, 9 Lives Office

Recycled content

Fibres from FSC certified forests




Paper type

A4 80 gsm

A4 white 80 gsm


Copier A4 80 gsm

Business A4 80 gsm

A4 80 gsm



20,000 (total)




Average cost per ream (excl. VAT)







Total approx. cost (excl. VAT)





(1) Figures are for all of Great Britain. There are multiple choices of paper available on the current central supply contract. Some photocopier paper was purchased outside the central supply contract and details of this are not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.