§ Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment who represented Her Majesty's Government at the conference on African elephants in Paris on 5 and 6 April; and how much was offered by Her Majesty's Government for elephant conservation.
§ Mr. Trippier
The Government were represented at the conference by officials from the Department of the Environment and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, accompanied by the officer of the Nature Conservancy Council. The British delegation explained to the conference that the Government are already making very substantial efforts to support wildlife conservation in Africa. We are providing some £3 million in aid for a wide variety of projects, a number of which will have major 11W benefits for the African elephant, and are always ready to consider new requests from African Governments seeking help with the sustainable management and conservation of their wildlife resources.