§ 27. Sir David Renton
asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he is aware that there is considerable scope for economy in the use of paper on the part of Government Departments, nationalised industries, water authorities and local authorities, including the use of small acknowledgment slips instead of using a full page of foolscap for acknowledgments; and what steps he will take to secure such economy.
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
I am sure that there is always scope for economy in the use of paper. However, with the co-operation of Departments, the Civil Service Department and Her Majesty's Stationery Office introduced in 1976 a monitoring scheme within their field of responsibility. Since that time there has been a reduction of over one-third in the average quarterly consumption of paper within this area.
I suggest that the right hon. and learned Gentleman should take up particular examples of waste with the Minister concerned or with the appropriate organisation.