§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. David Lane)
I regret that the information asked for in the first part of the Question is not available. The use of these devices is prohibited by Section 5 of the Protection of Birds Act, 1954, and my right hon. Friend has no further legislative proposals in mind.
§ Mr. Hardy
Will the hon. Gentleman reconsider this matter? Is he not aware that conviction appears to depend entirely upon an admission of guilt in this situation? Pole trapping is continuing on many estates. Is he aware that in recent months over 100 birds of prey have been poled, including the golden eagle and the merlin, both of which are supposed to be fully protected?