Birds: Pest Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th May 2019.

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Photo of Lord Crathorne Lord Crathorne Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional resource Natural England will require for the allocation of new licences for bird control.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natural England (NE) is working at pace to assess individual licences to allow lawful control of these bird species to continue. NE is ensuring that this urgent work is appropriately resourced whilst minimising impact on delivery of other services. Since the revocation of the licences by NE the Secretary of State has taken over ultimate decision making powers for general licences relating to the purposes covered by the three revoked general licences, recognising the scale of interest and concern that has been generated by the decision to revoke. The Secretary of State will consider the present situation with intensity and urgency.

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