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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department's procurement policy includes timber used on and in the construction of departmental building projects; and if he will make a statement. [116849]

It is the policy of the Office of Deputy Prime Minister to purchase only timber and timber products from sustainable and legal sources. This policy is in line with commitment made by the UK Government and is as set down in the departmental Greening Operations Policy Statement, published in October 2002.This policy is applied to construction projects by including a Model Contract Specification Clause for timber procurement within the works specification.