International Whaling Commission

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th March 2009.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 28 January (WA 59), whether the options presented to the United Kingdom and other member nations of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in the non-paper "Chairs' suggestions on the Future of the IWC" on 2 February were produced in consultation with civil society representatives to allow input, comment and review prior to their distribution.

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

No, these suggestions were produced by the chairs of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the so-called Small Working Group (SWG) on their own initiative. Under the terms of the process agreed by the IWC for considering its future, the meetings and proceedings of the SWG and its subgroups are confidential, and not open to representatives of civil society. Civil society will, however, have an opportunity to comment and question the chairs' suggestions at the intersessional meeting of the IWC which will take place in Rome from 9 to 11 March.

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