§ Mr. Wallace
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to the answer of 22 May 1992,Official Report, column 271, what further progress has been made in persuading European Community partners to introduce special safeguards on the transport of live wild birds; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Soames
The Commission has established a working group of experts to consider what additional measures should be adopted under the directive on the protection of animals during transport. Amongst the subjects being addressed is the trade in wild-caught birds. We have urged the Commission to bring forward its proposals quickly.