Iceland: Fin Whales

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Iceland with regard to their resumption of the large-scale killing of fin whales.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

My honourable friend the Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Richard Benyon, discussed whaling with the Icelandic ambassador when they met in November 2010. The ambassador was advised of the strength of feeling in this country against Iceland's whaling and that whaling is incompatible with EU membership. The UK will continue to encourage Iceland to align itself as soon as possible with the EU's common position on whaling.

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