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Written Answers

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 29 November 1977

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Written Answers

Endangered Species Act Seizures

asked Her Majesty's Government:How many seizures have been made under the Endangered Species Act 1976; and of what species, of what value and what has been done with the animals, plants and goods seized.

Goods imported in contravention of the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act 1976 have been seized by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise on 15 occasions. The species were lanner falcon, kestrel, various birds of the parrot family, skins of tiger, leopard, serval and genet, and cactus plants. The values in most cases are not known.Certain of the items have been disposed of in accordance with the provisions of the Customs and Excise Act 1952 after consultation with the Department of the Environment; the remainder are still held by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

Endangered Species Act Prosecutions

asked Her Majesty's Government:How many prosecutions have been taken for offences related to enforcing the Endangered Species Act 1976.

None by Government Departments; and none, so far as is known, by private individuals under Section 4 of the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act 1976.

Royal Commission On The Distribution Of Income And Wealth

  • (a) the approximate cost so far of the Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income and Wealth:
  • (b) the approximate annual cost of salaries and expenses of members of the Commission and their staff;
  • (c) the numbers in round figures of copies sold of the first four reports; and
  • (d) how long this Commission is expected to continue its work.
  • The answers are as follows:

  • (a) The cost between its establishment in August 1974 and 31st October 1977 has been £1,016,000.
  • (b) £370,000.
  • (

    c)

    Report No.

    Copies sold

    16,271
    24,572
    33,953
    42,476

    (d) This Commission is a Standing Royal Commission and the Government have no plans for its dissolution.

    Civil Aviation Regulations

    asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the provisions of Schedule 2(1)(ii)(

    e) to Regulation 13 of the Civil Aviation (Navigation Service Charges) Regulations 1977 have any precedent.

    These provisions appeared in similar regulations made in 1971 and have been repeated in subsequent consolidating regulations of which those of 1977 are currently in force.House adjourned at five minutes past eleven o'clock.