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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16837: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 29 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reported concerns that it does not offer a sufficient deterrent to the illegal killing of birds of prey, what its position is on whether the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAWS) Executive Group should review Scottish Natural Heritage's system for open general licence removal to examine ways to maximise its future effectiveness.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 7 June 2018

The primary purpose of imposing restrictions on the use of General Licences is to more effectively regulate the activities of land managers where Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has reason to have lost trust or confidence in the way those activities are carried out. Decisions are based on robust evidence provided by Police Scotland.

There are no plans for the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAWS) Executive Group to review this approach. However, SNH is planning to review the framework for implementing General Licence restrictions to consider whether evidence from satellite tags can be taken into account when considering whether to impose a restriction. SNH will consult with PAWS partners and others as part of its review.