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Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey Shadow Spokesperson (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled with a minimum of 75 per cent. post-consumer waste content.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Procurement units in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister have been made aware of the quick win target for the purchase of copying paper. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister monitors its performance for the purpose of reporting progress in the annual Sustainable Development in Government report.

In addition the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has recently introduced an electronic ordering tool and this is to be configured to prevent the ordering of non-recycled paper by withdrawing non-compliant paper from the contracted suppliers' catalogues available to local purchasing officers.

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