Commonwealth Meeting and the Philippines

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 3:39 pm on 18th November 2013.

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Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon Conservative, Newbury 3:39 pm, 18th November 2013

Many people will be really pleased to see something in the communiqué about the illegal trade in wildlife. The Prime Minister and his fellow Commonwealth leaders have grasped that that is about not only the tragic loss of iconic species, but the funding of organisations such as al-Shabaab and the Lord’s Resistance Army. What can he and his Commonwealth colleagues do now to try to influence the demand for those items of trade, which is fuelling the high prices that poachers can get in African countries, for example?