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Wood

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much timber and how many timber products were procured by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what cost; (213728)

(2) how much timber and how many timber products were procured by his Department originating from independently verified legal and sustainable sources or from a licensed FLEGT partner in each of the last five years; and at what cost.

This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

MOD policy requires that all timber or wood-containing products, excluding paper, paper products and card, must be procured from legal sources. In addition, every effort is to be made to acquire these items from a sustainable source. Where practicable, the use of reclaimed, re-used or recycled timber or timber products should be considered.

These requirements have been published in a Department Timber Strategy which can be found on the MOD website at

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/WhatWeDo/HealthandSafety/DSC/ModTimberStrategy.htm

This strategy incorporates the revised Government requirements for procurement of timber, which will apply from 2009 and 2015 respectively.