§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what mechanisms he will put in place to monitor operation of the pest bird licensing system; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maclean
Monitoring will be an integral part of the pest bird licensing system. The Government's statutory scientific advisers, the Joint Nature Conservation828W Committee, will set up the monitoring arrangements and will report their findings annually to my Department. The report will identify changes in overall population levels and distribution of the species.