§ Mr. Letwin
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if his Department has recorded the number of predatory birds killed by poison in the United Kingdom in the last five years. 
§ Mr. Rooker
MAFF co-ordinates the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme which monitors the effects of pesticides on wildlife. The figures are taken from the annual publication, 'Pesticide Poisoning of Animals—Investigations of Suspected Incidents in the UK'.
This information gives details only of incidents involving pesticides, not all types of poisons. These figures represent incidents where pesticides have been identified by analysis, but which are not necessarily the cause of death.
Year Number of pesticide related incidents involving birds of prey and owls 1993 34 1994 38 1995 31 1996 42 1997 21
In addition one incident of an owl poisoned by a veterinary medicine has been recorded.553W