HC Deb 06 March 2001 vol 364 c207W
Ms Walley

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if her Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published; [152111]

(2) how much certified timber has been purchased by her Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents. [152118]

Marjorie Mowlam

The Cabinet Office purchases timber wherever possible from sustainably managed sources. To quantify the proportion of certified timber that the Department has purchased over the last six months would incur disproportionate cost. The Cabinet Office will take advice from the interdepartmental timber working group on timber procurement monitoring and reporting arrangements, and in line with Government guidance to Departments, the Cabinet Office will report details of its timber purchases through the annual Green Ministers' report.