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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Government of Indonesia regarding the burning of rainforest for the purpose of creating agricultural land; and if she will make a statement. (113185)

We regularly discuss forestry issues, and forest fire haze in particular, with the Indonesian Government. Most recently, on 8 December our ambassador in Jakarta met the Indonesian Minister of Forestry to discuss the Stern Review and reinforce the importance that the UK places on the issue of climate change and the forestry land use changes which contribute to climate change. We are also in contact with the local office of the Association of South East Asian Nations on this issue, to discuss how we can help with their work on developing a Transboundary Haze Agreement.