West­min­ster plas­tic straws dou­ble in three years

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By EL­IZ­A­BETH ARNOLD

The num­ber of straws pur­chased by the West­min­ster par­lia­ment has dou­bled in the last three years.

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 through a writ­ten par­lia­men­tary ques­tion.

The Glas­gow East MP asked the ques­tion of Lib Dem former min­is­ter Tom Brake.

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.

It was “now in­cum­bent on MPS to take ac­tion on this is­sue” and the fig­ures pro­vided a real “call for ac­tion”.

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