Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Parliamentary Question No.175
To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he will make available copies of reports by his Department's veterinary division on the Ward Union Carted Deer Hunt for the 1998/9, 1999/00, 2000/01 and 2001/02 seasons.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 10th December, 2002.
Ref No: 25878/02 Proof: 192
The Minister for Agriculture and Food: (Joe Walsh)
My Department's monitoring of the welfare of deer hunted by the Ward Union Hunt Club is carried out on a spot check basis, at the request of the Minister for Environment and Local Government for the purpose of checking compliance with the self-regulating 'Hunting Code of Practice' as drawn up by that Department.
I am arranging to send copies of my Department's veterinary reports 1999/00, 2000/01 and 2001/02 to the Deputy. The position regarding the 1998/99 hunting season of the Ward Union, is that monitoring was undertaken but, as the reporting system that followed the principle scientific investigation was in its infancy, no formal report was compiled for Duchas that year.