Nature Conservation

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th March 2014.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which CITES Annex A and B listed species have been (a) imported into and (b) exported from the UK in each of the last five years; and what the reasons for each such import and export were.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

This information can be provided only at disproportionate cost because of the amount of staff time it would require for the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency to extract this information from its licensing database. For example, in 2013 there were a total of 22,143 applications to import, export or re-export CITES Annex A species covering 1,217 different species.

The CITES Secretariat publishes a trade database that currently holds 7 million records of trade in wildlife and 50,000 scientific names of taxa listed by CITES. The database can be accessed at:

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