To ask the Scottish Executive how many inspections were carried out to ascertain the facts prior to the granting of licences to control saw-billed ducks in each of the last three years and whether the individuals authorised to kill the birds fully complied with the licence conditions and, if not, whether such licences will be revoked.
There was one formal inspection carried out in each of the last three years. Many of the areas covered by licence applications are well known to and visited by our advisors, Scottish Natural Heritage, Fisheries Research Services and The Scottish Agricultural Science Agency, through their other duties. Site visits are normally conducted for a first application, or where circumstances have changed, or where doubt exists over the validity of the information supplied.
Licence holders are required to submit returns which are monitored to ensure that they comply fully with any licence conditions or the licence would be invalid and subject to revocation. Non-compliance would be taken into account when considering any future application.