Schedule 3 - Hunting with dogs: prohibition

Part of Hunting Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 25th January 2001.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Attorney General 11:15 am, 25th January 2001

May I read to the hon. Gentleman paragraph 1? It states:

A person commits an offence if he hunts a wild mammal with a dog.

Paragraph 8(1) says:

It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under paragraph 1 to prove that . . . the conduct to which the charge relates consisted of hunting rodents and so on. I may be being obtuse, but is not amendment No. 1 tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Aylesbury entirely consistent with that?