§ Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 19 April,Official Report, columns 424–25, (1) what has happened to the tiger products seized by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise;
(2) if he will provide names and addresses of importers attempting to bring tiger products into the United Kingdom;4W
(3) what prosecutions have been concluded or entered against those attempting to import tiger products into the United Kingdom.
§ Sir John Cope
The seized tiger derivatives listed in my previous answers were either destroyed or have been retained by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise for display and training purposes. In the cases in question, there was no suggestion of deliberate evasion of the endangered species controls. The importers were not prosecuted and it would be inappropriate to provide their details.