International Wildlife Crime Summit

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/0674
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Thank you for your answer to my question 2013/705. In light of the UK hosting a two day international summit on the illegal wildlife trade, involving two future kings of our country and world leaders from fifty nations invited by the prime minister, do you have any plans to expand the budget for the Wildlife Crime Unit within the Metropolitan Police Service or the number of people working within the unit from its current team of five so that it can be even more effective in tackling the illegal global wildlife trade that is estimated to be worth $19billion a year?

Answer

Answer for International Wildlife Crime Summit

Answer for International Wildlife Crime Summit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The plans to expand the MPS Wildlife Crime Unit are set out within MQ 2013/ 705. The resources at its disposal far exceed the five people as referred to in your question, and demonstrate my commitment to drive down wildlife crime in London.