§ Mr. Arnold
asked the Lord Privy Seal how much ivory, both by volume and price, was imported into Hong Kong for the period during which figures are most recently available; and which were the countries of origin.
§ Mr. Blaker
Between 23 January 1978, when controls on the importation of ivory were introduced, and 31 December 1978, 305,300 kilograms of unworked ivory worth approximately £10 million were imported into Hong Kong. All of the214W imports were covered by valid original export documents, as required by article IV of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, to which Hong Kong is a party. The countries of origin were Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Central African Republic, Gabon, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire and Zambia.