asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 20 February (WA 213), which stated that the Government could not press for a ban on the importation of wild caught birds, how this is compatible with the Prime Minister's letter to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which stated that the United Kingdom intended to press the European Union to extend indefinitely the ban on the commercial importation of wild birds. [HL2343]
The UK Government did press other member states and the European Commission to extend indefinitely the ban on the commercial importation of wild birds, with exceptions for recognised international conservation programmes. The European Union has voted for an indefinite ban on animal health grounds. The UK could not, however, press for a ban on welfare grounds, as this would not comply with World Trade Organisation agreements.