500. Application of the Convention.

B. European Legislation

500.     Application of the Convention.

International trade in endangered plant species, in so far as it is conducted within, and with, the United Kingdom, is now regulated by a retained European Regulation1 giving effect to the CITES Convention2. This legislation is enforced in the United Kingdom by regulations3. Domestic legislation controlling the importation, exportation and sale of endangered plant species also exists4; however, the wide application of the CITES Convention has rendered that legislation of decreasing significance.

The Secretary of State fulfils his obligations under the Regulation through the