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Schedule [Hunting with Dogs: Prohibition]:

Lord Falconer of Thoroton moved Amendment No. 4:


The noble and learned Lord said: Amendment No. 4 removes the schedule that went with a ban on hunting. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Lord Falconer of Thoroton moved Amendment No. 5:


    Leave out the schedule and insert the following new schedule--

"SCHEDULE
Hunting with Dogs: Supervision
Supervised hunting and coursing

1 Hunting a wild mammal with a dog is "supervised" for the purposes of this Schedule if it is engaged in by--
(a) a hunt which is a member of or registered with a supervised body, or
(b) an individual who is a member of or registered with a supervised body.
2 (1) Hare coursing is "supervised" for the purposes of this Schedule if it is carried on as part of a hare coursing event arranged by--
(a) a supervised body, or
(b) a body which is a member of or registered with a supervised body.
(2) This paragraph is without prejudice to the generality of paragraph 1.
3 (1) In paragraphs 1 and 2 "supervised body" means an organisation which is a member organisation of--
(a) ISAH Limited (a registered company incorporated on 30th December 1999 as a supervisory authority for hunting in the United Kingdom), or
(b) such other body as the Secretary of State may designate by order in place of ISAH Limited.
(2) An order under sub-paragraph (1)(b) may be made only if--
(a) ISAH Limited ceases to exist, or
(b) the statement of objects in its memorandum is altered.
(3) An order under sub-paragraph (1)(b)--
(a) shall be made by statutory instrument,
(b) may make consequential amendments to this Schedule,
(c) may include transitional provision, and
(d) shall be subject to annulment pursuant to a resolution of either House of Parliament.
Restriction of statutory exceptions

4 (1) In so far as they relate to hunting a wild mammal with a dog or hare coursing the statutory exceptions listed in sub-paragraph (2) shall apply only in relation to--
(a) supervised hunting or coursing,
(b) hunting rodents,
(c) using a dog to retrieve a rabbit, hare, fox or mink which has been shot,
(d) using a dog to find a wild mammal which has escaped from captivity or confinement (and which was not permitted, for the purpose of being hunted, to escape),
(e) using a dog to find a wild mammal which has been released from captivity or confinement (and which was not released for the purpose of being hunted), and
(f) using a dog to find a wild mammal which has been injured.

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(2) The statutory exceptions are--
(a) section 1(3)(b) of the Protection of Animals Act 1911 (cruelty: exceptions: coursing or hunting), and
(b) section 2(b) of the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996 (unnecessary suffering: exceptions: mammal injured or taken in hunting or coursing).
ISAH Limited

5 The Secretary of State may make grants or loans to ISAH Limited out of money provided by Parliament.
6 If the Secretary of State receives a report from ISAH Limited about its activities he shall lay a copy before Parliament.
Interpretation

7 In this Schedule--
(a) a "hare coursing event" is a competition in which dogs are assessed as to speed or skill in hunting hares,
(b) "a hunt" means a body of persons (corporate or unincorporated) who combine wholly or partly for the purpose of hunting wild mammals with dogs,
(c) a reference to "hunting a wild mammal with a dog" includes, in particular, any case where--
(i) a person engages or participates in the pursuit of a wild mammal, and
(ii) one or more dogs are employed in that pursuit (whether or not by him and whether or not under his control or direction), and
(d) "wild mammal" includes, in particular--
(i) a wild mammal which has been bred or tamed for the purpose of being hunted or for any other purpose,
(ii) a wild mammal which is in captivity or confinement,
(iii) a wild mammal which has escaped or been released from captivity or confinement, and
(iv) any mammal which is living wild.".

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The noble and learned Lord said: This amendment inserts the schedule that goes with self-regulation. We have debated that already. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

The Deputy Chairman of Committees (Lord Geddes): I must advise the Committee that I cannot call Amendment No. 6 as Amendment No. 3 was disagreed to.

Remaining clauses agreed to.

House resumed.

The Deputy Speaker: My Lords, the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Hunting Bill was committed has gone through the same and has directed me to report it to your Lordships with amendment. In accordance with the decision of the House on 13th March, the Bill stands recommitted to a Committee of the Whole House.

Kent County Council Bill [H.L.]

Medway Council Bill [H.L.]

Returned from the Commons agreed to with amendments.

        House adjourned at twenty-eight minutes before nine o'clock.


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