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Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 10641, tabled on 4 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's consultation on Implementing the Ivory Act, which closed on 4 May 2021, if he will take steps to help ensure that members of the public can securely donate or surrender items of ivory that they own.

Answered on

14 June 2021

The Ivory Act will not affect the ownership of ivory items and as such we have no plans for a government surrender scheme at this time. We recognise that, for some low value items, owners may decide it is not cost-effective to register them for sale. This will be a decision for individual owners. Such items may of course be gifted, donated or bequeathed rather than discarded. We will explain to owners what options are available to them as part of our awareness raising campaign.