Commercial Whaling

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th May 2006.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Lord Warner, Minister of State), Department of Health, PPS (Andy Burnham, Minister of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking towards preventing Japan and other whaling nations from overturning the moratorium on commercial whaling at the forthcoming International Whaling Convention meeting.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

Although Japan and her allies may command a simple majority at the next annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission this is insufficient to overturn the moratorium on commercial whaling. Such matters can be agreed only if 75 per cent. of those present and voting vote in favour of the motion.

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