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Birds: Nature Conservation

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 707W, on birds: nature conservation, if he will take steps to monitor the effectiveness of sales controls provided for in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as measures to protect species removed from Schedule 4. (255705)

[holding answer 9 February 2009]: My Department considers it would be disproportionate to monitor sales of non-CITES species sold under a general licence, especially when the numbers of birds in captivity and demand by aviculturalists is relatively low, and evidence of illegal taking is negligible for the species.

Should any evidence come to light to the contrary, we would consider what steps to take in conjunction with advice from Natural England.