HC Deb 21 May 1992 vol 208 cc195-6W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps Her Majesty's Government have taken to prohibit the import of illegally extracted timber from tropical rain forests.

Mr. Maclean

The Government believe that restrictions or bans on tropical timber imports would be counterproductive. We are pursuing an effective policy of helping developing countries to put their forest management onto a sustainable basis.