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Cleaning Services

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make it his policy to require all cleaning contracts held with the House of Commons Service to stipulate that the cleaning products used should be EU Ecolabel products accredited by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee

The two Houses have one cleaning contract. The contractor has worked with the principal supplier of the cleaning materials that they use on the parliamentary estate to improve sustainability and minimise environmental impact. Although the particular products supplied to Parliament do not carry the EU Ecolabel they are super-concentrates, which are designed for use on a large scale and can provide even better sustainability benefits, typically in terms of transport, packaging and CO2 emissions. Super-concentrates are also considerably cheaper. Some essential supplies such as sanitisation products are, by their nature, incompatible with the requirements of the EU Ecolabel.

I have asked the House's Director General of Facilities to write to the hon. Member with more detailed information, and a copy of that letter will be placed in the Library.

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