§ Mr. Chris Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is her Department's policy on the purchase and use of(a) recycled paper, (b) low-energy light bulbs, (c) tropical hardwoods, (d) peat and (e) cars with catalytic converters.
§ Mr. Sackville
The Department's aim in purchasing goods and services is to obtain the best possible value for money for the taxpayer. Where environmentally friendly products are available which fully meet our specifications and provide value for money then these are preferred. In respect of the specific products our policy is as follows:
recycled paper—we are exploring with potential suppliers as part of a competitive tendering process, the feasibility of substantially increasing the use of environmentally friendly stationery supplies.
low-energy light bulbs—a programme for changing all lighting on our departmental estate to low-energy tubes is well advanced; this also offers demonstrable long-term savings and an improved working environment.
tropical hardwoods—are not purchased.
peat—is not purchased.
cars with catalytic converters—since January 1991 we have acquired only diesel vehicles or cars propelled by petrol and fitted with catalytic converters.416W