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Ivory Bill - Report

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:59 pm on 24th October 2018.

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Moved by Baroness Jones of Whitchurch

42: Clause 12, page 8, line 7, leave out subsection (2) and insert—“(2) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that they did not know or suspect, and could not reasonably be expected to know or suspect, that the item is ivory, is made of ivory or (as the case may be) has ivory in it.”Member’s explanatory statementThis amendment permits a defence of ignorance, with the onus on a person to prove that they did not and could not have been expected to know or suspect that an item contained ivory, to help tackle the problem of deliberately mislabelling ivory items as other substances.