HC Deb 14 June 1920 vol 130 cc905-6W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the shortage of paper and the general need for economy, he would give instructions that greater care should be exercised in the use of stationery; and whether he is aware that in many cases envelopes of foolscap size and larger are used for communications for which the ordinary business-sized envelopes would be suitable?


In addition to the control which is exercised by various Departments independently in regard to the use of stationery, an additional check on extravagant demands from Departments is exercised by the Stationery Office. Instructions are periodically issued to Departments urging strict economy in the use of stationery and printing, and, amongst other things, the attention of Departments has been called to the use of unnecessarily large envelopes. If the hon. Member has any particular case of extravagance in mind I shall be very pleased to look into the matter. I am giving directions in accordance with the suggestion of the hon. Member that further instructions as to economy in the use of stationery shall be issued to public Departments.