§ Rev. Ian Paisley
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent forecast he has made of the fox population in Northern Ireland; and what consideration he has given to introducing a bounty cull on foxes.
§ Mr. Ancram
No recent forecast has been made of the fox population in Northern Ireland. The bounty scheme 729W which ended in 1977 was shown to be having only a marginal effect on the number of foxes and there are no plans to reintroduce such a scheme.