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Trapping

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the Government awarded the contract for research into the safety and efficacy of the use of snares to the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. (225715)

The research contract was awarded to the Central Science Laboratory (CSL) and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust with CSL as the lead partner. The two organisations successfully bid for the contract in response to an advertised open competition. The bid from these contractors was considered to offer the best value for money and provide the best solution. This conclusion was reached with the help of independent reviewers who are experts in relevant fields.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the (a) terms of reference and (b) contract details relating to the proposed arrangement between the Game and Wildlife Trust and his Department on research into the use of snares. (225717)

The terms of reference for the research were advertised in the form of a research specification for an open competition. The specification will be placed in the House Library.

Details of the contract will also be placed in the House Library.