Hunting

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has made an assessment of the effects of the Hunting Act 2004 on (a) rural employment, (b) the rural economy and (c) the numbers of (i) fox hounds and (ii) horses.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government have made no detailed assessment of the effect of the Hunting Act on rural employment, the rural economy or on the numbers of fox hounds and horses.

The Government note, however, that there is no evidence that the adverse economic, social and welfare consequences, predicted by opponents of the Hunting Act during its passage, have materialised.

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