Birds: Pest Control:Written question - HL15345

Asked on: 25 April 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Birds: Pest Control
To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional resource Natural England will require for the allocation of new licences for bird control.
Answered on: 10 May 2019

Natural England (NE) is working at pace to assess individual licences to allow lawful control of these bird species to continue. NE is ensuring that this urgent work is appropriately resourced whilst minimising impact on delivery of other services. Since the revocation of the licences by NE the Secretary of State has taken over ultimate decision making powers for general licences relating to the purposes covered by the three revoked general licences, recognising the scale of interest and concern that has been generated by the decision to revoke. The Secretary of State will consider the present situation with intensity and urgency.

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