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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Mr Jimmy Wray Mr Jimmy Wray Labour, Glasgow Baillieston

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government have taken to reduce the logging of rainforests and to discuss these matters with mining companies.

Photo of Clare Short Clare Short Secretary of State, Department for International Development

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Logging of rainforests is not necessarily a bad thing. It can bring income and jobs to poor people. If done carefully logging need not threaten the long-term sustainability of these forests or the environmental services they provide.

Logging should not take place in protected areas or in contravention of other laws and regulations. My Department is working with a number of countries to help improve forest law enforcement and governance and tackle illegal logging and associated trade.

The Government have not discussed logging of rainforests with mining companies.

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