HC Deb 13 April 1978 vol 947 cc500-1W
Mr. Ford

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment who are the members of the committee advising him about falconry; what organisations are they from; what are their terms of reference; and how they are appointed.

Mr. Denis Howell

The Advisory Committee on the Protection of Birds for England and Wales is established under the provisions of the Protection of Birds Act 1954 to advise the Secretary of State on matters connected with the protection of birds. The committee recently established a joint working group with the Scottish Advisory Committee to examine the problems of birds of prey in captivity and the possible need for further controls on the possession of captive hawks. Interested individuals and organisations are now being consulted on the working group's draft report. In addition, the Scientific Authority for Animals advises the Secretary of State on the controls imposed on the import and export of birds of prey under the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act 1976.

Members of the advisory committee are appointed by the Secretary of State and serve in an individual capacity. The present members are:

  • Professor V. C. Wynne-Edwards, C.B.E., F.R.S.
  • Lt. Cmdr. J. Anderton, V.R.D.
  • Miss P. Barclay-Smith, C.B.E.
  • Mr. E. C. Bartlett, J.P.
  • Mr. S. Cramp, O.B.E.
  • Mr. W. H. Darling, J.P.
  • Sir Hugh Elliott, O.B.E., M.A.
  • Dr. C. J. O. Harrison
  • Lt. Cmdr. A. S. McLean
  • Miss M. R. K. Parrish
  • Mr. I. Prestt
  • Dr. D. A. Ratcliffe
  • Sir Peter Scott, C.B.E., D.S.C., L.L.D.
  • Dr. D. W. Snow
  • Mr. R. C. Upton
  • Mr A. T. Worrall
  • Poisonous Waste

Mr. Edge

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many known violations there have been under the Deposit of Poisonous Waste Act 1972; how many indictments and convictions there have been under this Act; and how many of each of these cases have been in the West Midlands County Council area.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

I have been asked to reply.

Information is not collected centrally about the number of offences against the Deposit of Poisonous Waste Act 1972. The information available is given in the following table:

Number of persons
England and Wales West Midlands Police Force Area
Year Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty
1973 14 10 3* 3*
1974 3 3 1* 1*
1975 12 5 8 2
1976 10 10 9 9
* Birmingham City Police Force was not included with the West Midlands Police Force until 1st April 1974.