§ 82. Mr. Brooks
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of those species of British wildlife which are protected; on what dates such protection was granted; and upon what criteria protection is granted by his regulations.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
The number of species protected is very large, but I am publishing in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the Acts under which protection is provided. My hon. Friend will find the lists of species in the Schedules attached to the Acts. There are several reasons for the protection afforded by these Acts, including prevention of poaching, conservation of the species, prevention of cruelty and protection of revenue. None of these Acts is within my right hon. Friend's responsibility and he does not make regulations for the protection of wildlife. Because of his responsibility for research councils, he does provide scientific advice where needed.
Following is the list:
Species (as listed in the Schedules to the Act) Protection Afforded By Game (including hares) Night Poaching Act 1828. Game Act 1831. Night Poaching Act 1844. Game Licences Act 1860. Revenue (No. 2) Act 1861. Poaching Prevention Act 1862. Hares Preservation Act 1892. Ground Game Act 1880 [and (Amendment) Act 1906]. Protection of Animals Act 1911. Customs and Inland Revenue Act 1883.