Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd February 2005.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the groups (a) supportive of shooting, (b) critical of shooting and (c) neutral on shooting interviewed by her Department's consultants working on the review of game laws and licences.

Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Minister of State (Rural Affairs), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

A consultant has been engaged by Defra to undertake a preliminary review of the game licensing system with the specific aim of gathering information to help inform any public consultation. To date, the groups that have been contacted include:

Animal Aid

Association of Local Government

British Association for Shooting and Conservation

British Retail Consortium

Country Land and Business Association

Countryside Agency

The Deer Initiative

English Nature

Federation of Small Businesses

Food Standards Agency

Forestry Commission

Game Conservancy Trust

Joint Nature Conservancy Council

Marks and Spencer

National Farmers Union

National Game Dealers Association

National Trust


Post Office

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Trading Standards Institute

Two consultants who undertake work for a number of different game organisations were also interviewed. The key organisations whose views they put forward were:

British Shooting Sports Council

National Gamekeepers Organisation

Game Farmers Association

The groups were not asked whether they would characterise themselves crudely as for" or against" shooting. Our purpose in consulting them is to ensure that a range of expertise, experience and views are taken into account as we consider how to review and update the game licensing provisions.

There will be a public consultation on proposed changes to the system later this year.

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