HC Deb 04 February 1952 vol 495 cc93-4W
Mr. Baker White

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the tonnage of waste paper recovered in the Palace of Westminster during 1951; the proceeds of the sales of the waste paper; and the purpose to which the proceeds were devoted.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Records are not maintained by the Stationery Office in such a form as to show separate running totals for each source from which waste paper is collected. An analysis of the records for the last six months of 1951 indicates that about 25 tons of normal waste paper were collected from the Palace of Westminster during that half-year. The proceeds of sale, approximately £300, were brought to account as an appropriation-in-aid of the Vote for Stationery and Printing.

In addition, 58 tons of used election ballot papers previously stored in the Victoria Tower were pulped under security conditions at the end of the normal period of storage. The pulp was sold and £1,130 paid to His Majesty's Treasury for the Consolidated Fund Account.