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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.
The Chairman of Committees: Energy consumption for 200102 was 53.5 million kW hr. The current works to modernise the main boiler and chiller plant in the Palace of Westminster will bring significant improvements in plant efficiency. When the commissioning data are available from the new equipment, targets for future consumption can be set.
Lord Evans of Temple Guiting: On 2 December the Government launched a soundings exercise on the level of interest in each English region (outside London) in holding a referendum about establishing an elected regional assembly. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is asking for views, information and evidence from people in each region, including local authorities, MPs, MEPs, regional chambers and others. Responses are requested by 3 March 2003.
My right honourable friend the Deputy Prime Minister will consider carefully all views, information and evidence put to him in response to the soundings exercise before deciding in which regions he considers that there is interest in holding a referendum. He will also take into account such published information as he thinks appropriate.
Lord Evans of Temple Guiting: Reliable regional figures are currently available for 1997 to 2000 only. These figures show that, in this time period, around 400 hectares of vacant and derelict land were developed in South Yorkshire. The total for the Government Office Region of Yorkshire and the Humber was around 1,200 hectares developed over the same period.
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