HC Deb 15 June 1990 vol 174 c361W
Mr. Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he has received any recent representations on the export of cat skins to West Germany; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood

My Department has received a number of letters referring to the export of cat skins from the United Kingdom. Several of these letters have mentioned West Germany as a destination for these exports.

My Department is aware of a limited trade in cat skins from the United Kingdom which is legitimately carried out by a small number of companies. Cat skins are not subject to export controls, and, because of the limited level of trade, cat skin exports are not recorded under a separate heading in the Customs tariff.

The worrying issue of cat thefts is for the Home Office.

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