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Animals (Legislation)

Volume 929: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if his Department frequently includes in controls on endangered species' products phrases, such as specified in his reply to the hon. Member for Isle of Wight, at column 130 supra, which have no significance in relation to the control of those products; and if he will ensure that, in future, the wording of all proposed controls is referred to the relevant scientific authority under the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act 1976.

My Department is always ready to improve the clarity of such controls when the need to do so arises. I already consult the relevant scientific authority on all scientific matters in connection with the administration of the Act.