Nature Conservation: Crime

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward legislative proposals to increase the penalties available for people convicted of wildlife crime; and if she will make a statement.

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

Strong penalties are already in place for wildlife offences.

The Law Commission’s Wildlife Law Project has been considering the appropriateness of criminal offences and sanctions. It is due to present its final report and a draft Bill to Ministers at the end of the year. We will consider these issues further in the light of the Law Commission’s final recommendations.

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