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Gamekeeping Taskforce “needed now more than ever”

A year on from BASC Scotland’s call for the establishment of a Gamekeeping Taskforce, the Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Màiri McAllan MSP, has been urged to address the ongoing difficulties facing gamekeepers and rural workers in managing the countryside. Ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election BASC Scotland called for the creation of a Scottish Gamekeeping… Read more »

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BASC sets out positions for lead ammunition consultation

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) will be challenging many of the restriction proposals put forward by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on the use and sale of lead ammunition for outdoor recreational shooting in England, Scotland and Wales. Following detailed analysis of the HSE evidence and proposals, BASC has produced positions… Read more »

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Gove insists Treasury approved ‘Right to Buy’ funding

Housing secretary Michael Gove has insisted that the Treasury have confirmed that the expansion of the Right to Buy scheme will be funded. He said that the funding for the plans will come from the existing “envelope” of spending green-lighted in the Chancellor’s latest spending review, but he did not elaborate on the specifics. He… Read more »

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Pickles grilled over propriety of governance

This afternoon Lord Pickles, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, the body that independently advises on jobs for former ministers and civil servants, was quizzed over propriety of governance in light of Greensill scandal. Asked by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Pickles said the government was “lucky” a major scandal had… Read more »