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Illegally Logged Timber (Prohibition of Sale and Distribution) Bill

Private Members' Bill (under the Ten Minute Rule)

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2007-08

Last updated: 30 October 2008 at 19:04

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Long title

A Bill to make it an offence for any importer or distributor to sell or distribute in the United Kingdom any wood harvested, manufactured or otherwise dealt with illegally in the country from which the wood originated or through which it passed or was transhipped; and for connected purposes


The Bill would make it illegal to sell, knowingly or not, timber that had been:
  • obtained illegally in any way in the country of origin
  • exported illegally from its country of origin
  • imported illegally into any country.
It also would make it an offence to falsify records with regard to the harvesting, importing or exporting of timber. The maximum penalties included in the Bill are up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to £50,000.


Barry Gardiner
Brent North

Current version of the Bill

Bill as introduced - html version
3 April 2008

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Commons
1st reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
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