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Parliamentary Answers (Envelopes)

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 25th May 2004.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make it his policy to stop the practice of despatching one page parliamentary answers to hon. Members in large heavy-duty envelopes.

Photo of Mr Archy Kirkwood Mr Archy Kirkwood Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

During the present Parliament I have answered 244 parliamentary questions, 24 of which were tabled by my hon. Friend. A copy of each answer is sent to the Member who tabled the question in an A4 brown manila envelope (Banner product 901–5043). This envelope is 100 per cent. recyclable paper and is made from 80–100 per cent. recycled stock, with at least 60–85 per cent. being post-consumer waste. On one occasion, due to a lack of stock, a different A4 manila envelope (Banner product 901–5033), which is made to the same standards, was used to circulate an answer.

I have given instructions that answers should in future be sent in white "wallet" envelopes (Banner product 900–0015), which are 100 per cent. recycled.

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