§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has in respect of prosecutions, convictions, and penalties levied in connection with deaths of protected species and listed in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
[holding answer 11 May 1990]: It is not possible from the information held centrally to distinguish between offences where species protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 have been intentionally killed and those where they have been intentionally injured or taken. In 1988 there were a total of 133 prosecutions and 114 convictions under the Act.
In 1988 there were no prosecutions for offences under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 which involved the death of a protected species.