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Volume 974: debated on Sunday 11 November 1979

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and the Kirklees district; and how these statistics compare with those for the rest of England and Wales.

Following is the available information:written answer to the hon. Member for Winchester (Mr. Browne) on 23 October, under what circumstances he would consider exemption from the proposed ban on the use of snares.

Exemption from the proposed ban on the use of snares would be allowed for landowners, occupiers of land, or persons authorised by either who may continue to use snares against pests such as rabbits and foxes. Should they consider it necessary to use one of the prohibited methods of killing or capture to control a local infestation of a species not specified as exempt from the general prohibitions in the Bill, a licence could be sought for this purpose.