Amendments proposed to the Hunting (Re-committed) Bill - continued House of Commons

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Conditions for exempt hunting

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Peter Luff

NC6

*To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The hunting of a wild mammal is exempt hunting is the conditions in this paragraph are satisfied.

    (2)   The first condition is that the hunting is undertaken for the purpose of—

      (a) preventing or reducing serious damage which the wild mammal would otherwise cause—

      (i) to livestock,

      (ii) to game birds or wild birds (within the meaning of section 27 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (c. 69)),

      (iii) to food for livestock,

      (iv) to crops (including vegetables and fruit),

      (v) to growing timber,

      (vi) to fisheries,

      (vii) to other property, or

      (viii) to the biological diversity of an area (within the meaning of the United Nations Environmental Programme Convention on Biological Diversity of 1992), or

      (b) contributing to

      (i) the biological diversity of an area (within the meaning of the United Nations Environmental Programme Convention on Biological Diversity of 1992) or

      (ii) the wildlife management of an area

      (c) obtaining meat to be used for human or animal consumption.

    (3)   The second condition is that the hunting takes place on land—

      (a) which belongs to the person doing the hunting, or

      (b) which he has given permission to use for the purpose by the occupier or, in the case of unoccupied land, by a person to whom it belongs.

    (4)   The third condition is that in the course of hunting carried out steps are taken to ensure—

      (a) that any wild mammal injured or captured or killed quickly and humanely and

      (b) that any wild mammal, if shot, is done so in accordance with paragraph (a) by a competent person

    (5)   The fourth condition is that there is insurance in place in respect of loss or damage caused by persons other than the hunter in the course of exempt hunting.'.


Retrieval of foxes

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Peter Luff

NC7

*To move the following Clause:—

       'The hunting of a fox which has been shot is exempt if it takes place on land—

      (a) which belongs to the hunter, or

      (b) which he has been given permission to use for the purpose of hunting foxes by the occupier or, in the case of unoccupied land, by the person to whom it belongs.'.


   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Peter Luff

75

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

       ', or

      (aa) contributing to

      (i) the biological diversity of an area (within the meaning of the United Nations Environmental Programme Convention on Biological Diversity of 1992) or

      (ii) the wildlife management of an area'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Peter Luff

74

*Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     35,     leave out paragraph 5.

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Peter Luff

73

*Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     37,     leave out paragraph 6.

   

Alun Michael

68

*Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     38,     at end insert 'otherwise than in accordance with paragraph 1A below.'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Peter Luff

72

*Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     38,     at end insert 'unless the practitioner is abiding by a code of practice recognised by the Secretary of State, in accordance with the conditions laid down in subsections 1(1), (2) and (3)'.

   

Alun Michael

69

*Schedule     1,     page     23,     line     7,     at end insert—

      'Use of dogs below ground to protect birds for shooting

    1A (1) The use of a dog below ground in the course of stalking or flushing out is in accordance with this paragraph if the conditions in this paragraph are satisfied.

    (2) The first condition is that the stalking or flushing out is undertaken for the purpose of preventing or reducing serious damage to game birds or wild birds (within the meaning of section 27 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (c.69)) which a person is keeping or preserving for the purpose of their being shot.

    (3) The second condition is that the person doing the stalking or flushing out—

            (a)   has with him written evidence—

            (i) that the land on which the stalking or flushing out takes place belongs to him, or

            (ii) that he has been given permission to use that land for the purpose by the occupier or, in the case of unoccupied land, by a person to whom it belongs, and

            (b)   makes the evidence immediately available for inspection by a constable who asks to see it.

    (4) The third condition is that the stalking or flushing out does not involve the use of more than one dog below ground at any one time.

    (5) In so far as stalking or flushing out is undertaken with the use of a dog below ground in accordance with this paragraph, paragraph 1 shall have effect as if for the condition in paragraph 1(7) there were substituted the condition that—

            (a)   reasonable steps are taken for the purpose of ensuring that as soon as possible after being found the wild mammal is flushed out from below ground,

            (b)   reasonable steps are taken for the purpose of ensuring that as soon as possible after being flushed out from below ground the wild mammal is shot dead by a competent person,

            (c)   in particular, the dog is brought under sufficiently close control to ensure that it does not prevent or obstruct achievement of the objective in paragraph (b),

            (d)   reasonable steps are taken for the purpose of preventing injury to the dog, and

            (e)   the manner in which the dog is used complies with any code of practice which is issued or approved for the purpose of this paragraph by the Secretary of State.'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Peter Luff
Mr Roger Williams

76

*Schedule     1,     page     24,     line     37,     at end insert—

     '7ACompensation    (1)   The Government shall pay compensation to those who lose their employment due to a ban on hunting.

    (2)   The compensation will be equivalent to one year's lost remuneration and 100 per cent. of the assets that are lost on account of this Act.'.


   

Alun Michael
Rob Marris

50

*Page     25,     line     10,     leave out Schedule 2.


   

Alun Michael
Rob Marris

51

*Schedule     3,     page     28,     line     18,     leave out 'registered or'.


ORDER OF THE HOUSE [1st JULY 2003]

That the programme order of 16th December 2002 in relation to the Hunting Bill be varied as follows—

    1.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee on recommittal shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Monday 7th July.

    2.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

    3.   Proceedings on consideration following recommittal shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after their commencement.

    4.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration following recommital.


 
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