House of Lords written question – answered on 9 October 2006.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to respond to the pro-whaling majority at the recent International Whaling Commission meeting in St. Kitts.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Food), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food), The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

We shall continue to encourage more conservation-minded countries to join the International Whaling Commission (IWC) as soon as possible, in order to reverse the pro-whaling majority in the commission.

The United Kingdom raises the issue of whaling at every appropriate opportunity and our posts abroad will be lobbying the Governments of pro-whaling IWC members to seek support from their host countries for the UK's position on whaling. The prominent role we play within the IWC ensures no country can be in any doubt as to the importance we attach to whale conservation.

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