§ Mr. Gwynfor Evans
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of the world's sperm whale 490W catch is represented in the United Kingdom imports of products from this species; and for what purposes these products are imported.
§ Mr. Bishop
I regret that the information is not available in the form requested by the hon. Member. United Kingdom imports of sperm whale oil represented about 8 per cent, of world production in 1977, when small quantities of spermaceti and ambergris were also imported. These products are used mainly in the leather, engineering and cosmetics industries.