HC Deb 30 October 2002 vol 391 c799W
Jane Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action his Department is taking to ensure that the timber based board products and furniture is from legal and sustainable sources; and if he will make a statement.[78069]

Dr. Moonie

The Ministry of Defence's policy on timber procurement is laid down in JSP 418, the MOD Environmental Manual, a copy of which is in the Library of the House. Paragraph 4023 of JSP 418 states that all timber and timber products should be procured from sustainable sources.

The MOD has introduced a new condition of contract, which places an express contractual obligation on its suppliers to comply with the Government's policy on supply or consumption of timber and products containing wood, and, in addition, to supply data to verify that compliance.

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