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Volume 402: debated on Thursday 3 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much timber has been bought for use on the Home Office construction site at 2 Marsham Street; which timber companies have provided it; and what efforts have been made to ensure that it comes from legal and sustainable sources. [105386]

So far, no timber has been purchased for use in the new Home Office building. Information on the quantities of such purchases will be provided to the Department when they have been made, together with evidence that they have come from legal and sustainable sources.There have been no significant timber purchases by Anne Gates Property Pic (AGP) for use in the construction of the new building. In accordance with central guidance, our policy does not require AGP to provide details of timber used during construction. AGP has, nevertheless, agreed to supply copies of certificates showing that purchased construction timber has been sourced legally and sustainably.It is not always practical for the source of hired timber, or hired products containing timber such as site office furniture, to be verified in the same way.