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Wildlife: Wild Birds

Volume 686: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the remarks by the Lord Bach on27 February (HL Deb, col. 46) on the then Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill, whether the meeting referred to with key stakeholders in Europe to gauge the likely impact of a ban on the import of wild caught birds has taken place; if so, what was the outcome; and whether a record of the meeting is available.[HL8063]

The meeting to which the Lord Bach referred was a round-table meeting of mainly UK (not European) stakeholders, which took place in London on 13 March 2006. The aim was to look at issues surrounding the ban on imports of wild birds from a conservation perspective. Specifically, the meeting considered the impact of wildlife trade bans on illegal trade and local livelihoods. It concluded that there was a general lack of evidence in both these areas. Consequently, Defra is in the process of commissioning research to look specifically at these issues.

An informal note of the meeting was prepared and I have asked officials to place a copy in the Library of the House.