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Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if the United Kingdom will propose a resolution at the December meeting of the International Whaling Commission calling for the quotas for areas 5 and 7 of the Southern Hemisphere not to be taken following evidence from the scientific committee and the Australian inquiry which show them to be in need of immediate protection.

The scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission is considering the available data on Southern Hemisphere sperm whale stocks and will submit its report to the special meeting of the Commission in December. At the United Kingdom's suggestion, an item has been included on the agenda to enable these stocks to be reviewed again in the light of the scientific committee's assessment.