Section 1A — Exception: stalking and flushing from cover

Part of Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:00 pm on 13th February 2002.

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Photo of David Mundell David Mundell Conservative 2:00 pm, 13th February 2002

Mr McGrigor will reveal all shortly.

I am pleased that the minister is content with amendment 37A, which is amendment 6 in another guise. Amendments 6 and 37A are important because the use of the words "stalk" and "flush" in section 1A implies that there is an existing target quarry. However, part of some pest control activities is to find the animal. The word "searching" should be included to allow for that.

I am not as benign as the minister in relation to amendment 51, which would effectively place a requirement on some people to carry guns in the countryside. It is clear that one result of the bill will be many more guns in the countryside. People will instinctively carry guns, because that will be a defence against a charge of carrying out one of the many activities that the bill criminalises. Amendment 51 would encourage everybody who goes out in the countryside to have a gun with them. That would be a most unhelpful scenario. I can imagine that, if two people went out with two dogs, one person would have the gun and the other would have general management of the dogs. [Interruption.]