§ 32. Mr. Michael Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to safeguard the future of the African elephant.
§ 77. Mr. William Powell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will now recommend that the African elephant become an appendix I protected animal at the next meeting of CITES in October.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
We have introduced an immediate ban on the import of ivory into the United Kingdom pending the introduction of a Community wide ban, and have asked our European colleagues to support the case for transferring the African elephant from appendix 11 to appendix I of the convention on international trade in endangered species of fauna and flora (CITES). We shall play a full part in the discussions on this difficult and complex issue at the forthcoming conference of the parties to CITES.