Amendments proposed to the Hunting Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

48

Schedule     1,     page     21,     line     22,     at end insert—

    '( )   flushing birds from cover for sport, or

    ( )   for the purposes of a field trial.'.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

49

Schedule     1,     page     21,     line     23,     leave out subparagraph (3).

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

50

Schedule     1,     page     21,     line     30,     leave out 'two' and insert 'forty'.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

73

Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     1,     leave out paragraphs 2 and 3.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

51

Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     1,     leave out paragraphs 2 to 6.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

74

Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     20,     leave out paragraph 5.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

52

Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     21,     at beginning insert 'Stalking or'.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

53

Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     21,     after 'cover', insert 'or below ground'.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

54

Schedule     1,     page     23,     line     11,     after 'be', insert 'orphaned'.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

55

Schedule     1,     page     23,     line     13,     after 'mammal's', insert 'starvation or'.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

56

Schedule     1,     page     23,     line     14,     leave out subparagraph (4).


   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

5

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     18,     leave out 'knowingly' and insert 'expressly'.


   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

6

Clause     5,     page     2,     line     24,     leave out 'It is a defence for' and insert 'The prosecution must show that'.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

7

Clause     5,     page     2,     line     24,     delete from 'in' to the end of line 27, and insert 'undertaking the conduct to which the charge relates was hunting a wild mammal.'.


   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

8

Page     2,     line     28,     leave out Clause 6.


   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

10

Clause     7,     page     2,     leave out line 34.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

70

Clause     7,     page     2,     line     34,     at end insert 'or'.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

11

Clause     7,     page     2,     line     35,     leave out from 'event' to end of line 37.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

12

Clause     7,     page     3,     line     6,     leave out 'hunting' and insert 'coursing'.

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

9

Page     2,     line     31,     leave out Clause 7.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 1

Hunting wild mammals

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

NC1

To move the following Clause:

       'The Government shall issue licences in pursuance of Schedule (Licences) to those individuals and groups who wish to hunt a wild mammal. A person who takes part in hunting without such a licence will be committing an offence.'.


Register of licensed individuals and groups

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Secretary of State shall maintain a register of those hunts and individuals licensed to hunt under section (Hunting wild mammals), together with the terms of the license issued to them, which shall be open to public inspection.'.


Hunting wild mammals (No. 2)

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Hugo Swire
Gregory Barker

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Government shall issue licences to those individuals and groups who wish to hunt a wild mammal. A person who takes part in hunting without a licence shall commit an offence.'.


NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO PART 1

   

Mr James Gray
Mr Peter Luff
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Gregory Barker

NS2

To move the following Schedule:—

      'Licences

    1. A licence will be granted by the Secretary of State to the groups, clubs or individuals whose names and addresses appear in an appendix to the licence to use hounds or other dogs to hunt the species of wild mammal detailed in the appendix, in accordance with the following terms and conditions.

    2. All applications for licences to hunt mammals using dogs shall be made in writing to the Secretary of State, who may not unreasonably withhold such a licence, always understanding that the applicant undertakes to adhere to the terms of the licence.

    3. The licence shall be issued on a three-yearly basis.

    4. The licensee will pay a fee to cover the cost of the administration of the licence, which will be set from time to time by the Secretary of State but will initially be the sum of £50 for an individual, or £250 for a group.

    5. The Secretary of State will investigate any complaint made to him of an alleged breach of the terms of the licence, and if the allegation is well founded under English law, he may take appropriate action against any individual or group as he sees fit from the following:—

            (a)   issue a public warning or censure of any group or individual;

            (b)   appoint on such terms as he thinks fit a person to supervise the activities of the individual or group;

            (c)   suspend the licence for such period as he sees fit, but which may not be any longer than twelve months, after which the group or individual could re-apply;

            (d)   revoke the licence for an indefinite period;

            (e)   ban an individual from any of the licensed activities for life.

     Revocation of the licence shall only occur with twelve months notice in writing.

    6. The licence and its constraints shall extend to group officials and mounted and dismounted followers and to spectators who are members of the group or club. The licensee shall use reasonable endeavours to ensure that they comply with the terms of the licence.

    7. The licensee may only enter land to exercise the terms and conditions of this licence where he has obtained prior permission to do so from the individual or organisation that is legally responsible for the granting of such permission. On any occasion on which dogs stray onto land where there is no landowner's permission, the licensee will use reasonable endeavours to withdraw them as soon as practicable.

    8. The licensee will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that adequate and proper arrangements are made to protect the safety of participants, followers and any others who accept authority of the licensee.

    9. The licensee will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that statutory law and relevant byelaws are observed in proper exercise of the licence. In particular the licensee will take reasonable care—

            (a)   to prevent disturbance to agricultural livestock;

            (b)   to prevent disturbance other users of the land;

            (c)   to ensure that the fences, gates, tracks and other appurtenances over which the licence is exercised are left in good order to the satisfaction of the landowner; and

            (d)   to ensure compliance at all times with any statutory requirement relating to the protection or welfare of all animals.

    10. The licensee will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that group members, followers and spectators are fully aware of the terms of the licence including any instructions to minimise damage to property and disturbance to other wildlife, legitimate users of the countryside or neighbouring residents.

    11. The use of firearms is prohibited, with the exception of those firearms used for the humane destruction of wild animals.

    12. The digging out of wild mammals is only permitted for the purposes of wildlife management and with the express permission of the landowner or person with legal authority to exercise such permission; except where the wild mammal is injured or sick, when it may be dug out and humanely destroyed. In the event of a sick or injured mammal being dug out without the landowners's permission, the licensee must keep a written record that explains the justification for so doing.

    13. The licensee will submit a written report to the Secretary of State within thirty days of the final fixture under the terms of this licence detailing—

            (a)   the number of days on which licensed activities occurred;

            (b)   the number of the hunted mammals seen or disturbed;

            (c)   the number of the hunted mammals chased;

            (d)   the number of the hunted mammals killed; and

            (e)   any records pertaining to digging out under paragraph 12.

    14. The Secretary of State, or agencies appointed by him, will undertake the monitoring of activities, and from time to time may appoint officers to attend fixtures, in order to ensure compliance with the terms of the licence. The licensee will ensure that full co-operation is given to the appointed officers.

    15. The licensee will indemnify any third parties against any loss or damage, injury or death arising from the exercise of the licence. Groups and clubs will during the period of the licence maintain an insurance policy with a reputable insurance company to an amount of not less than £5 million in respect of any one claim. The amount of such insurance shall not limit the liability of the licensee. The licensee will produce the said insurance policy and receipt for the premium paid not more than 14 days after the issue of the licence.'.

 
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