§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what use his Department makes of British made recycled paper for letterhead stationery and notepads.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The Ministry of Defence buys all its United Kingdom paper and most of its overseas requirements through Her Majesty's Stationery Office. The paper purchased by MOD for letterheads contains up to 20 per cent. recycled material as specified in Her Majesty's Stationery Office contracts. The Ministry was offered, and sampled, British-made paper with 100 per cent. recycled waste content, but rejected it primarily because it was up to 125 per cent. dearer than the current product. The bulk of notepads used in the Ministry come from surplus computer paper or printing off-cuts which would otherwise be disposed of as waste-paper. The Ministry will continue to test new Her Majesty's Stationery Office products in the paper-card ranges.