Plastic Bags

Justice written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many branded plastic bags his Department and its agencies have purchased since his Department was created; and at what cost;

(2) pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 171W, on procurement, how many plastic bags have been procured by the division of his Department responsible for communications and marketing; and at what cost.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice, the National Offender Management Service and the Prison Service do not procure promotional bags under the departmental supplies contracts.

In past years, there have been isolated projects where promotional material has been produced. The following table shows how the number and costs of branded plastic bags the communications and marketing department has procured in each area and agency of the Ministry of Justice since its creation on 9 May 2007.

Number of bags purchased Total cost of purchase (£)
Ministry of Justice Headquarters 0 0
Public Guardianship Office 10,000 1,300
Office of Criminal Justice Reform 35,000 promotional bio-degradable carrier bags 3,325
National Offender Management Service 2,000 921
Probation Service 10,000 1,500
Her Majesty's Court Service 5,500 promotional carrier bags 489.50

A sustainability board has been established and is reviewing current arrangements.

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