HC Deb 17 October 1972 vol 843 cc1-2W
13. Mr. David James

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will now ban the importation of all whale products; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

Voluntary action by industry is already reducing the use of whale meat and edible oil to a very low level. The desirability of further action by the Government will be considered in the light of investigations which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry is now making into the availability of substitutes for sperm oil.