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Smuggling: Birds

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many birds in how many seizures were seized by HM Revenue and Customs under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in each year since 2000. (322551)

The following table provides data, taken from HM Revenue and Customs central records, relating to birds seized during financial years 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Birds

Number seized

Number of seizures

2005-06

310

6

2006-07

3

3

2007-08

0

0

2008-09

9

2

These seizures were made 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. This regulation implements the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), within the EU. The UK Border Agency now has responsibility for enforcement of illegal imports and exports under this regulation.

Information on all CITES seizures made by the former HM Customs and Excise prior to 2005, is available on the DEFRA website, at the following link:

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