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Bat Licences

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many churches have applied to his Department for bat licences in the last five years; and how many were successfully granted a licence. (109981)

The number of bat licences applied for by churches and issued under Regulation 44(2)(e) of the Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1994 in the last five years is shown in the table as follows.

Number of applications

Number of licences issued

2002

10

10

2003

15

14

2004

8

8

2005

13

13

2006

117

13

1 Four applications pending decision.