HC Deb 25 June 2002 vol 387 cc795-6W
Mr. Carmichael

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what decisions have been made by her Department in the last year under authority from the royal prerogative. [63136]

Under these Regulations all commercial trade in endangered species is prohibited and permits may only be granted for trade in threatened species where it is clear that trade will not be detrimental and that the specimens were lawfully acquired. No new steps to regulate British companies have been taken, although the Regulations governing the enforcement of CITES are under review. One of the issues being considered is whether offences relating to internal trade should be made arrestable and the existing penalties increased. We intend to go out to public consultation on these proposals later in the year.

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