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Forestry

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to use the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification as a system of certifiable sustainable forestry; and if he will make a statement. (105976)

The UK Government have assessed the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification scheme as providing adequate assurance that timber and timber products are from legal and sustainably managed sources as defined in the model contract condition and specification currently available for use by their central Departments.

The Government’s assessment was made in 2004 and is currently under review to check that it still holds good. The results of this review are expected to be published before the end of 2006.