From The Independent
Sudden increase – at odds with current moves to cut down on single-use packaging and waste – described as ‘pretty alarming’ by SNP MP David Linden
The number of straws purchased by Parliament has doubled in the last three years, official figures reveal.
Data from the House of Commons Commission showed the number of straws bought had gone up from 6,000 in 2014/15 to 12,250 in 2016/17.
SNP MP David Linden described the increase as “pretty alarming” after uncovering the information via a written parliamentary question.
Glasgow East MP Mr Linden asked Lib Dem former minister Tom Brake, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many single-use plastic straws were dispensed by catering outlets on the parliamentary estate in each of the last five years.
Mr Brake replied: “The exact number of single-use plastic straws dispensed by catering outlets on the parliamentary estate in each of the last five years is unknown.
“However the number of straws purchased by the House for this purpose was: 2012/13: 14,000; 2013/14: 16,250; 2014/15: 6,000; 2015/16: 9,000; 2016/17: 12,250.”
Mr Linden told the Press Association: “We as legislators should be taking a lead on this and the fact that the figure has doubled since 2014/15 is pretty alarming. I will be using the next session of questions to the House of Commons Commission to raise this issue.”
Mr Linden said he was prompted to ask the question following an initiative by Sunnyside Primary School in his constituency. He added he did not want to see the world’s oceans filled with plastic.