HC Deb 10 February 1998 vol 306 c146W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to discuss the activities of Malaysian logging companies in the Brazilian rainforest areas with the Malaysian Government. [27094]

Clare Short

I have been asked to reply.

I have taken no such steps. However, as members of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO), both Malaysia and Brazil are committed to the Year 2000 Objective, which states that all tropical timber entering international trade shall, by the year 2000, come from sustainably managed sources. Both countries have also subscribed to ITTO' s recently revised Action Plan, which, among other things, calls for member countries to estimate the extent of undocumented trade and prepare national codes of conduct for all types of forestry operations.

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