To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will commit to ending the use of fur from North American bears in Queen's Guards' ceremonial caps.
17 January 2022
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I provided to Question 87697 answered on the 14 December 2021.
The hon. Lady may wish to know that bears are never hunted to order for use by the Ministry of Defence. Our suppliers source pelts made available by the Canadian authorities following a licenced cull as part of a programme to manage the wild bear population; Provincial, territorial, federal and international laws provide strict trade regulations to protect against unlawful trade in black bears both within Canada and internationally.