§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent meetings he has had with representatives of groups regarding the forthcoming International Whaling Commission meeting; what was the outcome of the meetings; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gummer
I had a very helpful meeting on 10 June with the cetacean group of Wildlife Link to discuss our approach to the next meeting of the IWC. I made it clear that we will not contemplate any lifting of the present moratorium on commercial whaling, of which we have been a leading advocate, because present evidence suggests that whales cannot be taken in an acceptable and humane manner; because we have to be assured that any revised management procedures include proper enforcement and monitoring; and because we must be sure that whale stocks are at healthy levels. I and my officials look forward to working closely with Wildlife Link on these and other points.
§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the international forums at which he has raised the issue of commercial whaling; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gummer
I attended and opened the 39th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Bournemouth in 1987 and have also made clear the
1987 1988 1989 1990 11991 (a)Total imports ('000 tonnes) 985.00 947.00 1,005.00 897.00 907.00 Percentage of United Kingdom total usage 13.39 12.40 13.38 12.52 12.65 Of which: (b)Processed imports('000 tonnes raw equivalent) 394.00 488.00 543.00 521.00 557.00 Percentage of United Kingdom total usage 5.36 6.39 7.23 7.27 7.75 1 Provisional.