§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has made an assessment of the threat to the otter population posed by the practice of mink hunting; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Trippier
The Government have made no assessment of the threat to otter populations posed by mink hunting. However, the Nature Conservancy Council advises me that voluntary guidelines are already in place to discourage mink hunting in areas where otters may be found.