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Hunting: Fines

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce measures under the cross-compliance rules governing the common agricultural policy to deduct payments from landowners who have permitted their land to be used for (a) illegal poisoning of birds of prey and (b) hunting with hounds. (201489)

The cross compliance rules under the common agricultural policy already allow for a reduction in payments for claimants who permit their land to be used for illegal poisoning of birds of prey.

Hunting with hounds on the other hand is not covered by the statutory management requirements nor identified as one of the ‘issues' or ‘standards' in the good agricultural and environmental condition framework which member states are obliged to consider under the cross compliance rules.