HC Deb 19 February 1990 vol 167 cc566-7W
Mr. Tony Banks

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what system of control the authorities in Hong Kong have in place to ensure up-to-date information on ivory stocks is duly recorded; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Waldegrave

All holdings of ivory over 5 kg must be licensed and are being entered on the Hong Kong authorities' computer. Ivory may be traded between licensed holders and their total stocks are adjusted accordingly on the computer. Any increases in ivory holdings require further licences. Stocks are subject to surprise checks to ensure that these procedures are complied with.