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Falcons: Conservation

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what actions his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take on the status of the saker falcon following the meeting of the CITES Consultative Committee on Trade in Falcons in May 2004. (126757)

There was no recommendation from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in May 2004 to change the listing status of the saker falcon. The UK has a policy of only putting forward species for listing or amendment of their listed status where we or one of our overseas territories are a range state. This is not the case with the saker falcon and any action therefore to change its listing status would be for one of the range states. Although the saker falcon is listed by CITES as Appendix II, it is listed by the EU as Annex A (the most endangered category).