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 whether at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Rome in March and the annual IWC meeting in Madeira in June the United Kingdom will oppose and vote against any options that defer resolution of urgent issues.

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

At the intersessional meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Rome in March, the UK delegation will seek to explore whether any of the options suggested by the chairs in their paper could possibly be viable, viability being considered against the requirements that they are achievable and would guarantee in the long term a significant reduction in the number of whales hunted and killed. At the annual meeting in Madeira, the UK would not support the adoption of any measure which it considered prejudicial to the conservation of whales.

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