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In addressing the points raised by Alex Sykes on your letters page (AJ 12.01.06) another salient question came to mind - should there be a premium for certified timber? The answer is, of course, yes and, most importantly, that this premium must be returned to the forest of origin.

With many producers struggling to make a profit, and with timber prices in real terms being less than they were 10 years ago, the added cost of developing and maintaining certification systems is an additional pressure for all producers, but most especially smaller ones.

The irony is that no other major construction material has this additional financial pressure.

John Park and Patrick Cooper, Canada Wood UK

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