§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has anything to add either to his reply of 16 November or to that of 5 November,Official Report, column 858, with regard to the number of licences issued in 1986 for taking merlin and sparrowhawks out of the wild.
§ Mr. Moynihan
My reply of 5 November, at column858, gave the number of licences issued for falconry by species of avian predator, and the number of birds taken by those species over a five-year period. My reply of 16 November gave the number of birds of prey taken from the wild under licence during 1986. In 1986 no licences were issued to take merlins from the wild; 45 licences were issued to take sparrowhawks from the wild, and 39 sparrowhawks were taken.