§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to abolish or modify the current licences to take game. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
[holding answer 20 Janaury 1998]: The purposes of the game laws are to regulate the close seasons and assist in the prevention of poaching. The Government are planning to consult about the effectiveness of the present system of licensing.