In Wales the General Licences will remain unchanged for the remainder of the year following a delay on the part of the Welsh Assembly that could have made pest control illegal.

Last year the Welsh Assembly ran a consultation on proposed changes to the Welsh General Licences. The consultation findings should have been published in January and become law on 1 July. However, the process was delayed and consequently the publication date was put forward to June. After successful lobbying by BASC, which argued that one month would not be enough time for pest controllers to adapt to any proposed changes, the Assembly Government agreed that the new licences should not come into force until 1 January 2011.

This raised the issue of last year’s licences running out on 1 July and pest control effectively becoming illegal until January, which was resolved after the Welsh Assembly Government agreed to extend the existing licences for six months. An announcement is expected by the end of June on what changes will be made come 1 January 2011.

The rest of this article appears in 9th June issue of Shooting Times.

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