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Wembley Stadium (Timber Sourcing)

Volume 400: debated on Wednesday 26 February 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the reconstruction of Wembley Stadium will be covered by government requirements to ensure timber procured is from legal and sustainable sources. [95496]

The National Stadium is a Football Association project whose construction is being delivered by its wholly owned subsidiary company Wembley National Stadium Limited. The Government's policy that its central departments and agencies should actively seek to buy timber from legal and sustainably managed sources does not therefore apply to the reconstruction of the National Stadium.Wembley National Stadium Limited has agreed under the terms of Sport England's Lottery Funding Agreement to have regard to obtaining materials from sustainable or renewable sources. Wembley National Stadium Limited have confirmed that Multiplex Constructions (UK) Limited, who are building the stadium, have environmental management policies and plans in place, which include specifications for building materials containing clear guidance on their selection and environmental protection. Sub-contractors and suppliers have an obligation to demonstrate to Multiplex the source of materials during manufacture and installation. Multiplex have further confirmed to Wembley National Stadium Limited that they will continue to monitor the source of timber products used throughout the duration of the project.