§ Lord HOUGHTON
of SOWERBY asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will take steps to prevent the re-export of baboons from the United Kingdom to France for use in simulated car crashes in the Organisme National de Sécurité Routière (ONSER) at Bron, Lyons.
§ Lord MOWBRAY and STOURTON
No. As the original importer is often not the eventual recipient, there would be practical difficulties in trying to control the use of animals once they had left this country. This is a matter for domestic legislation in the importing country. All exports of baboons from the United Kingdom are subject to licence under the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act 1976. Baboons are not, however, listed under the Washington Convention as either endangered or vulnerable and the United Kingdom would have no conservation grounds for refusing a licence for export to France.