HC Deb 15 December 1960 vol 632 cc66-7W
29. Mr. E. Johnson

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what nations are members of the International Whaling Commission; what was the amount of their subscriptions for the years 1959–60 and 1960–61; and what action is being taken by the commission to bring about the use of humane methods in whaling.

Mr. Vane

Seventeen countries are members of the International Whaling Commission. I am circulating the details below. Each country's subscription was £200 in 1959–60 and will be £250 in 1960–61. The Commission consider that the development of the electric harpoon offers the best prospect of killing whales more humanely and they have asked British and Norwegian companies to discuss further experimental work.

The following nations are members of the International Whaling Commission:

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Sweden, Union of South Africa, U.S.S.R., U.S.A.. and the United Kingdom.

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