MPs to debate petitions relating to grouse shooting
16 June 2021
On Monday 21 June, MPs will debate petitions relating to grouse shooting
- Watch the debate (from 4.30pm, Monday 21 June)
- Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate)
- Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #GrouseShootingDebate
The debate will be led by Petitions Committee member Tom Hunt MP. MPs from all parties can take part, and Rebecca Pow, Minister at the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, will respond on behalf of the Government.
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The petition, which was started by naturalist Chris Packham and received more than 111,000 signatures before closing due to the 2019 General Election, states: “Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery (Wild Justice) believe that intensive grouse shooting is bad for people, the environment and wildlife. People; grouse shooting is economically insignificant when contrasted with other real and potential uses of the UK’s uplands.”
In response to the petition, the Government said: “Grouse shooting is a legitimate activity providing benefits for wildlife and habitat conservation and investment in remote areas. Defra is working on the sustainable management of English uplands.”
What prompted the petition?
Last year, naturalist Chris Packham spoke about why he started his petition to ban driven grouse shooting, which prompted this debate.
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are ‘general’ debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one, or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.
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