International Whaling Commission

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th January 2009.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the document or documents specifying the five options presented for consideration to the United Kingdom and other member nations of the International Whaling Commission at the Future of the International Whaling Commission meeting in Cambridge in December 2008.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Minister of State (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality), Department for Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change), Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality) (also in the Department for Energy and Climate Change), Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The paper referred to is confidential. It is subject to revision and a sub-group (on which the UK is not represented) will meet later this month in Hawaii to finalise it. It will then be distributed to commissioners and contracting Governments in early February. It will be discussed at an intersessional meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in March, and then revised and reissued as the basis for discussion of the future of the IWC at the IWC's annual meeting in June. If the paper enters into the public domain, I will place it in the Library of the House.

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