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Timber: EU Law

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has established a timetable for the passage of her proposed legislation to implement the provisions of the EU Illegal Timber (Due Diligence) Regulation in the UK.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The detailed implementing regulations to prevent the first placing of illegally logged timber on the EU market need to be agreed by June 2012. Once agreed, the necessary secondary legislation will be put in place to implement the regulation in the UK. Under its provisions, the EU Timber Regulation must be implemented by 3 March 2013.

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