§ Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to whom the single licences were issued in 1990, 1991 and 1992 for the killing of a total of 3,332 herring gulls; and what reasons were given for the application.
§ Mr. Soames
[holding answer 1 March 1994]:. These licences were issued to a council in Yorkshire to remove eggs, nests and adult birds for the purposes of preserving public health.