§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what consideration he has given to the report of the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Unit in relation to the shortage of expertise to identify suspect species being imported contrary to CITES regulations.
§ Mr. Trippier
[holding answer 29 January 1990]: When the WTMU report was published, we had already started work on the establishment of a panel of consultant expert identifiers to assist the Department's wildlife inspectorate. Her Majesty's Customs and Excise or the police with the identification of wildlife species. The wide range of expertise already available within the Department's wildlife inspectorate will be further extended by the establishment of the panel.