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Printing costs (2019)

Request

  1. How much money was spent on printing in the Palace in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
  2. Please provide a breakdown of printing costs if possible.
  3. How much money was spent printing order papers in the Palace in each of the years  2016, 2017 and 2018?
  4. How much money was spent printing bills in the Palace in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
  5. How much money was spent printing committee reports in the Palace in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
  6. If you are able to provide any other similar breakdowns of what the printing costs were spent on please do.
  7. How many order papers did the vote offices throw away in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
  8. How many copies of bills did the vote offices throw away in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
  9. How many committee reports did the vote offices throw away in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
  10. How many tonnes of waste paper were disposed of in the Palace in each of the years 2016, 2017, 2018.

 

Response

  1. How much money was spent on printing in the Palace in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
    And
  2. Please provide a breakdown of printing costs if possible.
    Some information to respond to your request is held by the House of Commons.
    It may help you to know that no information is held specifically about printing in the Palace of Westminster so we have interpreted the remainder of your request to be for printing overall and provided details about our printing costs.  If this is incorrect, please let us know.
    Breakdown of printing costs in the House of Commons may be helpful. Printing costs are broken down into the total costs of in-house printing and outsourced printing with external companies. The information is held by the House by financial year.
    Printing costs: Table 1
    Please note that these figures do not include the cost of desktop printing, rentals, labour and paper (except where those elements are included in outsourced printing costs).
  3. How much money was spent printing order papers in the Palace in each of the years  2016, 2017 and 2018?
    The House does hold some information on the cost of printing the Order Paper outside of the Palace for the requested period. This information is collected by financial year and is held by the House from July 2016 – December 2018. Please find this information below:
    Cost of printing the Order Paper: Table 2
  4. How much money was spent printing bills in the Palace in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
    The House does hold some information on the cost of printing Bills outside of the Palace for the requested period. This information is collected by financial year and is held by the House from July 2016 – December 2018. Please find this information below:
    Cost of printing Bills: Table 3
    Please note that the information for 2016/17 includes outsourced printing costs.
  5. How much money was spent printing committee reports in the Palace in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
    The House does hold some information on the cost of printing Select Committee reports outside of the Palace for the requested period. This information is collected by financial year and is held by the House from July 2016 – December 2018. Please find this information below:
    Cost of printing Select Committee reports: Table 4
    Please note that the information for 2016/17 includes outsourced printing costs.
  6. If you are able to provide any other similar breakdowns of what the printing costs were spent on please do.
    We are unable to identify any information held relating to this part of your request – if there are specific costs that you require, please provide further clarification of the information you seek.
  7. How many order papers did the vote offices throw away in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
    This information is held by the House of Commons. The House holds an estimate of copies of the Order Paper disposed of by the vote offices. This information is held by the House by financial year.
    The estimated number of copies of the Order Paper disposed of by vote offices: Table 5
  8. How many copies of Bills did the vote offices throw away in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
    And
  9. How many Committee reports did the vote offices throw away in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018?
    This information is not held by the House of Commons as information about the destruction of copies of Bills or Select Committee reports is not specifically collected by the House.
  10. How many tonnes of waste paper were disposed of in the Palace in each of the years 2016, 2017, 2018.
    Some of this information is held by the House of Commons.
    Please note that the House of Commons and House of Lords are separate public authorities for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the information you have requested is held on a bicameral basis and so this response includes information held by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
    We do not receive a comprehensive breakdown of the total amount of paper disposed of as either mixed recycling or general waste as the amount of paper is not disaggregated from other waste. In the case of ‘mixed recycling’ waste, materials are separated at a facility which recycles mixed recyclable waste but does not record separate measurements of each discrete material collected.
    Figures are only held for the amount of paper which is collected and sent for recycling from the Vote Office: Table 6
    Figures are also held for the amount of confidential waste which is collected from Parliamentary Estate. The contents of confidential waste is overwhelmingly paper, but does include other media such as CD’s or DVD’s. The relative weights for each material is not held separately by the House nor can it be disaggregated.
    Figures for confidential waste: Table 7