Gun Sports: Licensing

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Environment and Rural Affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many licences to shoot protected wild bird species were issued in each of the last ten years.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

This is a devolved matter and the information refers to England only. The table below shows the number of licences to permit the killing of wild birds for purposes permitted under Section 16 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 issued between 2009 and 2018. These figures include licences to permit shooting, shooting to reinforce scaring, and other methods such as round up and cull as these are all recorded together. Due to a change of IT systems and reporting of data, we are unable to provide reliable, accurate data for 2014.

Year

Number of licences issued

2009

640

2010

614

2011

719

2012

556

2013

828

2014

UNAVAILABLE

2015

644

2016

738

2017

850

2018

859

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