Scottish Wildcat

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Countryside Alliance, (b) the British Association of Shooting and Conservation and (c) the Scottish Landowners Association on potential reintroduction programmes for the Scottish wildcat.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We have had no discussions with these organisations about potential reintroduction programmes for the Scottish wildcat and have no plans for any introduction in England. As wildlife conservation is a devolved issue any releases of Scottish wildcats in Scotland would be a matter for the Scottish Government to consider.

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