§ Mr. Alan Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what amount of Brazilian mahogany has been(a) acquired and (b) specified by his Department in (i) 1996 and (ii) 1997; and for what purpose. 
§ Mr. Dewar
A Supplementary Notice regarding protecting the environment is issued by The Scottish Office with the terms and conditions of all contracts which requires suppliers to satisfy themselves that no product supplied to the Department contains materials derived from threatened species or threatened environments.
My Department has neither specified nor acquired any Brazilian mahogany in 1996 or 1997.