HL Deb 17 February 2003 vol 644 cc160-1WA
Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

asked the Chairman of Committees:

Whether the House of Lords takes part in the paper recycling scheme run by BioRegional, which is in operation in the House of Commons; and, if so, whether the recycled product is available for use by Members of the Lords; and [HL1658]

Whether every office in the House of Lords has, or should have, facilities for recycling white paper and other paper. [HL1659]

The Chairman of Committees

All waste paper from the Parliamentary Estate can be recycled by means of the recycling bins in facilities rooms. In addition, a programme is now under way to install recycling bins in every office across the Estate.

The House purchases paper from various suppliers selected on the basis of value for money and reliability of service. Paper supplied to photocopiers and printers is 100 per cent recyclable. I understand that the House of Commons authorities purchase recycled paper that has been specified by BioRegional. However, waste paper from both Houses is recycled by other contractors.