§ Mr. Donald Thompson
I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Caerphilly (Mr. Davies) on 20 May at column612, adding that the badger is protected under the Badger Act 1973 which is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
§ 79. Mr. Haynes
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he next intends meeting the chairman of the Nature Conservancy Council; and if he will raise the subject of the protection presently afforded to badgers.
§ Mr. Gummer
No date has been fixed for a meeting with the chairman of the Nature Conservancy Council, but my right hon. Friend and I are always ready to meet the council whenever there are points we could usefully discuss.