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Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he will take to prevent the further importation of mahogany from the Philippines; and how many such imports there have been since 1988.

The Government attach importance to the sustainable management of tropical forests. Imports from the Philippines are subject to the same controls as imports from other countries.Available statistics of imports since 1988 of mahogany from the Philippines are:

m3metric tonnes£000
1 January to October.
Some other imports may have been accounted for under the residual codes within the SITC headings 247.52 and 248.5.