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Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been under the Badgers Act 1973 and the Wildlife and Countryside Acts 1981 and 1985 for taking or destroying a badger; and what was the percentage of convictions.

No figures are available for specific types of offences under these Acts. However in 1988 there were a total of 74 prosecutions for offences under the Badgers Act 1973 and 41 convictions. That is a conviction rate of 55ยท4 per cent.