§ Mr. Simmonds
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received regarding illegal hare coursing; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Alun Michael
A number of hon. Members have commented on the problem of illegal hare coursing following the Adjournment Debate initiated by the hon. Member for Wantage (Mr. Jackson) on 29 October 2001,Official Report, columns 727–34. In responding to that debate I set out the Government's position on illegal hare coursing.