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Crime: Wildlife

Volume 493: debated on Monday 8 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of criminal offences involving wildlife. (277322)

The creation of criminal offences and penalties is a reserved matter under the Northern Ireland Act 1998, and an Assembly Bill containing a reserved matter requires the consent of the Secretary of State. However, it is in practice for the relevant Northern Ireland Minister to decide how best to raise awareness of criminal offences within devolved policy areas such as wildlife. In the case of offences involving the protection of wildlife, this would fall to the Environment Minister.