HC Deb 21 April 1999 vol 329 c572W
Mr. Maclean

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his Department's contribution to the Food and Agriculture Organisation meeting in Rome; and if he will deposit ministerial speeches made in the forum in the Library. [80450]

Mr. Macdonald

Lord Sewel attended the Food and Agriculture Organisation's Ministerial meeting on forestry on 8 and 9 March. He reiterated the UK's commitment to sustainable forest management and outlined the measures we have implemented and are planning to implement on sustainable forestry. He also suggested steps that the international community should take, in preparation for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development next year, to promote sustainable management of forests throughout the world. I have arranged for a copy of Lord Sewel's statement to be placed in the Library along with a copy of the 'Rome Declaration on Forestry' which was adopted at the meeting.