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Lead Shot Regulations

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the operation of the Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 2003. (95185)

In England, legislation prohibiting the use of lead shot on named Sites of Special Scientific Interest, considered important for waterfowl, and all Ramsar (wetland) sites, came into force in 1999. It also prohibited the use of lead shot for shooting various waterfowl species. Minor amendments to the species and sites listed in the 1999 regulations were made in 2002 and 2003. Resources permitting, my Department is planning to undertake an assessment of compliance with lead shot regulations during 2007-08. The results of the compliance work will inform a review of the operation of the regulations that I hope will take place later in 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how his Department will assess compliance with the Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 2003; and what funding is available for this work. (95186)

Defra is planning to let a contract for a study to identify methods of monitoring compliance and has allocated £30,000 for this work.