Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 403 - Answered on 2nd March, 2004
Tony Gregory: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if a hunt (details supplied) supplies a fixture list to local landowners in compliance with the requirements of their licence in order not to cause inconvenience and so on; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 2nd March, 2004.
Ref No: 6555/04
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Cullen):
The National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department is responsible for issuing an annual licence under Section 26 (1) (ii) of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended) to the Ward Union Hunt Club for hunting of deer with stag hounds, subject to a variety of conditions. As with all hunting licences issued by my Department, this licence contains a note informing the licensee that "This licence does not authorise any person to enter on any land without the permission of the owner or occupier".
The Ward Union Hunt Club's "Hunting Code of Practice" states that "it is the Club's policy to give due regard to the wishes of landowners and lawful occupiers of land and that particular effort to be made at all times, not to interfere with or inconvenience the general public". I understand that, in giving effect to this, the Hunt Club circulates a fixture list to local landowners at the commencement of each season. Any issues arising from entry on lands by the Ward Union Hunt Club are matters to be resolved between the owner or occupier of the land and the Club itself.