§ Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support is being provided by his Department for tiger conservation schemes.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answer of 18 April 1994 at column376. In recognition of the fact that tigers are endangered, we would be prepared to consider providing support for tiger conservation. At the United Kingdom's instigation, European Environment Ministers issued a statement in June expressing concern about pressure on tiger populations, condemning the illegal trade in tiger products and undertaking to be particularly vigilant in enforcing CITES for this species.