§ 119. Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it his policy to ban the trade in wild birds for the purposes of domestic pets.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
The import of wild birds is already strictly controlled by conservation legislation. The United Kingdom is party to the convention on international trade in endangered species (CITES) under which trade in certain species is closely monitored while commercial trade in the most endangered species is completely banned. The import of many non-CITES species into the United Kingdom is also controlled under the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act 1976.
I understand that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment is currently looking at ways of improving and extending the controls on the import of species which are unlikely to survive in captivity.