Trade and Industry written question – answered on 11th December 2006.

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Photo of Peter Atkinson Peter Atkinson Conservative, Hexham

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will meet representatives from the wood panel industry to discuss the lower forecasts of softwood availability.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry

Officials are meeting with the wood panel industry to discuss the Renewables Obligation (RO). A consultation on changes to the RO began on9 October 2006 and will close on 5 January 2007. The Government will consider the Forestry Commission's report "United Kingdom: New Forecast of Softwood Availability" as part of the consultation on the RO. The consultation is available through the following link:

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