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Australia: Whales

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Australian Government on whaling. (138172)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has had no recent discussions with the Australian Government on the subject of whaling.

The UK and Australia share very similar views in their opposition to commercial whaling.

The UK Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) discussed whaling with the Australian Alternate Commissioner, and others, at a meeting of like-minded anti-whaling countries in Washington in January. The UK Commissioner also held discussions with the Australian Commissioner bilaterally in London in December 2006, and then again in New York in May. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs officials continue to work closely with staff at the Australian high commission in London, and directly with the Australian IWC delegation, with whom we have an excellent working relationship. The UK and Australia will be represented at ministerial level during this year's IWC meeting in Anchorage on 28 to 31 May, during which the Ministers will hold regular discussions.