HC Deb 27 January 1993 vol 217 cc765-6W
Mr. Dafis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to seek to amend clauses on proof monitoring and the list of species included within the European Community regulations on the trade in wild plants and animals.

Mr. Maclean

Negotiations on the proposed new EC regulation on the wildlife trade are continuing. The lists of species to be included on the annexes have yet to be considered in detail. We hold that the principal controls should be extended to non-CITES species where there are sound scientific reasons, and support a simple system of wider monitoring. The system adopted, including the requirements for proof, must be enforceable and kept as simple as possible.