– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 5th May 2006.

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Photo of Sylvia Jackson Sylvia Jackson Labour

Question S2W-25121

To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences to control red-breasted mergansers and goosanders were granted in each of the last three years against the advice of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and whether SNH is consulted on all applications for such licences.

Photo of Rhona Brankin Rhona Brankin Labour

The number of licences issued against SNH advice in the last three years are as follows:

2003: 4, 2004: 5 and 2005: 4.

Scottish Natural Heritage as well as Fisheries Research Services and the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency are consulted on every licence application. Decisions on whether to issue licences are based on balanced consideration of all the recommendations, with each case considered on its merits.

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