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Commercial Whaling

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to maintain a majority in the International Whaling Commission for ensuring that the moratorium on commercial whaling is upheld. (125908)

The Secretary of State and the Foreign Secretary have recently jointly written to a dozen EU and accession states encouraging them to join the International Whaling Commission. A new publication, endorsed by the Prime Minister and Sir David Attenborough, has been sent to 57 countries and UK embassies and Ministers across Government have been urged to lobby on this issue.