Forests: Environment Protection

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 19 September 2023.

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Photo of Dave Doogan Dave Doogan Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy Security and Net Zero)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to introduce secondary legislation to implement the due diligence provisions for illegal deforestation of the Environment Act 2021.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The UK Government has introduced world-leading due diligence legislation through the Environment Act to help tackle illegal deforestation in UK supply chains.

We ran a consultation from 3 December 2021 to 11 March 2022 to seek views on the details of regulations that will implement the Environment Act provisions, to ensure that these are designed effectively. The Government published a summary of responses to this consultation on 1 June 2022 and is committed to implementing due diligence provisions at the earliest opportunity through secondary legislation.

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