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Sustainable Timber

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 24 March, Official Report, column 64W, on sustainable timber products, what efforts are made to check that companies listed on the OGC buying solutions website as supplying sustainable furniture and timber products are in fact supplying sustainable furniture and timber products; and if he will make a statement. [111013]

Any supplier claiming to supply sustainable furniture and timber products is expected to provide relevant evidence of this, including for example details of independent third party certification. Should evidence become available that any company included on an OGCbuying.solutions framework agreement has knowingly obtained timber products from an unsustainable source they would be removed from the published list.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 24 March, Official Report, column 64W, on sustainable timber products, on the basis of what information the list of companies supplying sustainable furniture and timber products is supplied; and if he will make a statement. [111014]

Suppliers on the list have successfully tendered on a value for money basis for inclusion in OGCbuying.solutions framework agreements and offer sustainable furniture and timber products. Where possible, third party independent evidence from organisations such as the Forestry Stewardship Council and the Timber Research and Development Association is provided.