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Hare Coursing

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 23 November 1977

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2.49 p.m.

My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question which stands in my name on the Order Paper.

The Question was as follows:

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to reintroduce the Hare Coursing Bill to make hare coursing matches illegal.

My Lords, is my noble friend aware that I discern a note of reassurance in that reply, and does he think that the suitable opportunity might be brought forward a little if a Bill were introduced by a Private Member in either House?

My Lords, it was not mentioned in the Queen's Speech because the Queen's Speech included only items for which the Government felt they could find time. But I ought to say that the Government are committed to legislation on this matter, and I think I can say that there is a Bill available if any Member of your Lordships' House or another place cares to use it as a Private Member's Bill.