Gun Sports: Lead

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st June 2022.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he is taking steps to encourage game hunters the change from lead-shot to steel-shot ammunition for shotguns.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra welcomed the 2020 joint statement by shooting organisations calling for the phasing out of lead shot in ammunition for live quarry by 2025. Earlier this month the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published a dossier setting out options for restrictions on lead ammunition. This is now subject to consultation until 6 November and we will carefully consider HSE’s recommendations following the outcome of that consultation.

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