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Birds: Imports

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many birds were seized by HM Revenue and Customs under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species in each year since 2000. (284513)

I have been asked to reply.

The following table provides data, from HM Revenue and Customs central records, for specimens seized for years 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Birds

Number of specimens seized

2005-06

310

2006-07

3

2007-08

0

These birds were seized using customs enforcement powers in relation to live animals listed as endangered species under Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora.

For the years 2000 to 2004-05 information on all CITES specimens seized by the former HM Customs and Excise can be found on the DEFRA website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countryside/trade-crime/cites/action-uk.htm#enforcement

Further breakdown of the 2000 to 2004-05 figures can be achieved only at a disproportionate cost.