§ Mr. Peart
I have no power to vary or revoke the Order which has already been made suspending the close season on the Farne Islands until 4th December, 1965. Although the close season is suspended during the currency of the Order, it still remains an offence for any unauthorised person to kill the seals.
§ Mr. Wall
Is it not a fact that if poachers kill a seal, they can be fined only £5 under existing National Trust regulations, and that that would be a fine of £5 for one occasion, while they can get approximately £10 per seal skin 1070 on the Continent? Will the right hon. Gentleman look into this again, because, with only 26 days for the close season, the seals may be exterminated?
§ Mr. Scott-Hopkins
Has the right hon. Gentleman any evidence of the poaching of grey seals on any scale off the Farne Islands?