HL Deb 08 May 2000 vol 612 cc208-9WA
Baroness Anelay of St Johns

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which bodies were represented on the Zoos Forum and which persons were consulted by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions in the preparation of Standards of Modern Zoo Practice published in March; and [HL2171]

Whether minutes were kept of the meetings that were held by the Zoos Forum; and, if so, whether they were made available to those organisations which were not represented on the forum but which had expressed an interest in the issues discussed by the forum. [HL2172]

Lord Whitty

Members of the Zoos Forum were appointed for their knowledge and expertise on zoos, not as representatives of organisations.

A wide range of organisations with an interest in zoos were consulted on the proposed revised Secretary of State's Standards of Modern Zoo Practice.

Minutes have been taken of all Zoos Forum meetings and will be published on the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions website as soon as possible.