Malaysia: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 2nd March 2018.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Government of Malaysia on the effect of palm oil production on (a) deforestation and (b) endangered wildlife species in that country.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

We are in regular contact with the Malaysian Government on the issues of deforestation and endangered wildlife. The UK supports sustainable trade of agricultural commodities associated with deforestation, including palm oil. We are a signatory to the Amsterdam Declaration in support of a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain and are a member of the Tropical Forest Alliance.

Most recently, my Right Honourable friend Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills, met the Malaysian Minister for Plantations Mah Siew Keong on Wednesday 14 February to discuss this issue and the proposed European Parliament amendments to the EU Renewable Energy Directive.

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