§ Mr. Morley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many licences have been issued in each year since 1988 to possess birds of prey, and what were the numbers of birds in each species held under such licences. 
§ Sir Paul Beresford
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 permits a series of licences to be issued to take wild birds for a variety of purposes. Since 1988 my Department has not issued any licenses to take birds of prey from the wild.