§ Mr. Ron Davies
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many quarry licences for falconry were issued in 1985, 1986 and 1987 to date; and what quarry species were involved.
§ Mr. Moynihan
The number of quarry licences issued for falconry was:
1985 1986 1987 England and Wales 68 72 59
The quarry species involved have been blackbird, skylark, meadow pipit, lapwing, song thrush, black-headed gull, moorhen, fieldfare, redwing. I understand that the details in Scotland are:
1985 1986 1987 Scotland 3 3 5
involving song thrush, blackbird, skylark, and meadow pipit.