HC Deb 27 October 1999 vol 336 cc879-80W
Mrs. Shephard

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the resource implications for the police service of(a) a ban on hunting with hounds and (b) the trialing of GM crops; and if he will make a statement. [95779]

convictions for offences in which guns firing ball-bearings were used and those involving guns capable of firing only the conventional waisted pellet.

The table gives the number of convictions for the most common airgun offences for the five years between 1993 and 1997 (the last year for which figures are available).

Mr. Charles Clarke

Most police forces can, from time to time, face unexpected demands on their resources. We would normally expect forces to meet the additional costs from within their existing budgets or from their contingency reserves.

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