Ministerial correspondence

Correspondence between lead ammunition stakeholders, the Lead Ammunition Group and Defra/FSA.

November 2016

Letter from the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs to the Chair of the LAG

The Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs (Dr. Thérèse Coffey) writes to the Chair of the LAG (Mr. John Swift) to reiterate the FSA advice and reassure the Chair that options are being looked at for both improving compliance with existing regulations and reducing the amount of lead ammunition going into the countryside.

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September 2016

Letter from the Chair of the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Chair of the LAG (John Swift) writes to the new Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs (Mrs. Andrea Leadsom) in response to her predecessor’s letter, to respond to some of the points raised and also to draw her attention to further evidence of wildlife population level effects of lead ammunition.

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July 2016

Letter from the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to Chair of the LAG

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Elizabeth Truss) writes to Chair of the LAG (John Swift) to inform him of Defra’s response to the LAG report.

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April 2016

Letter from the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs to the Chair of the LAG

The Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs (Rory Stewart) writes to the Chair of the LAG (John Swift) to acknowledge his reassurance regarding Prof. Levy’s oversight of the risk assessments and to encourage LAG to continue working with the FSA.

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March 2016

Letter from the Chair of the LAG to the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

Chair of the LAG (John Swift) writes to the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs (Rory Stewart) to thank him for their meeting, reflecting on issues raised in the meeting and proposed next steps.

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December 2015

Letter from the Chair of the LAG to the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

Chair of the LAG (John Swift) writes to the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs (Rory Stewart) in relation to misconceptions about the evidence relating to lead ammunition and LAG report expressed during a recent Westminster Hall debate; and thus requests a meeting.

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July 2015

Letter from the Chair of the LAG to the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

Chair of the LAG (John Swift) writes to the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs (Rory Stewart) to acknowledge thanks to other LAG members, describe the on-going use of the LAG website and explain that the LAG will remain in place to provide further information and clarification as required.

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June 2015

Letter from the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs to the Chair of the LAG

The Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs (Rory Stewart) writes to the Chair of the LAG (John Swift) to thank him for his work over the last five years and to inform him that the report is receiving consideration and will be made available via the LAG website in due course.

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 June 2015

Letter from the Chair of the LAG to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Chair of the LAG (John Swift) writes to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Liz Truss) to accompany the final LAG report, describing the risks from lead ammunition and the potential mitigation measures.

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December 2011

Letter from the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food to the Chair of the LAG

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food (Jim Paice MP) writes to the Chair of the LAG (John Swift) to endorse the new members of the LAG.

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November 2011

Letter from the Chair of the LAG to the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food

The Chair of the LAG (John Swift) writes to the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food (Jim Paice MP) confirming that the members of the LAG are willing to continue the work for another year. He suggests four new members of the LAG to replace the outgoing Mark Avery, Stephen Tapper, Adrian Gane and Robert Gray.

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October 2011

Letter from the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food to the LAG

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food (Jim Paice MP) writes to the LAG to commend the work to date, he approves the continuation of the group for another year.

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October 2011

Letter from the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food to the LAG

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food (Jim Paice MP) writes to the LAG to commend the work to date, he approves the continuation of the group for another year.

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June 2011

First LAG interim report

In accordance with the terms of reference of the group the LAG produce their first interim report outlining their achievements since formation in March 2010.

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March 2010

Letter from Defra Biodiversity Programme to the Chair of the LAG

In conjunction with the FSA, Defra’s Biodiversity Programme write to John Swift to formally invite him to chair a high level group to look at the issues surrounding lead ammunition, focusing on the possible impacts for wildlife of lead from ammunition, the welfare implications of available alternatives and potential effects from contaminated food on human health.

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December 2009

Letter from the Minister for Marine and Natural Environment to BASC

The Minister for Marine and Natural Environment (Huw Irranca-Davies) writes to the Chief Executive of BASC (John Swift) acknowledging the concerns of the various stakeholders and the complexity of the issue. He asks Defra officials to look into the possibility of convening a group to look at possible impacts on wildlife of lead from ammunition, the welfare implications of available alternatives and potential effects from contaminated food on human health.

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November 2009

Letter from BASC to the Secretary of State

In response to the RSPB/WWT letter The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and ten other shooting, game and countryside organisations jointly write to the Secretary of State outlining the popularity, diversity, economic and environmental value of shooting sports in the United Kingdom. They stress that the shooting community does not believe that the case for sweeping legislative or regulatory restrictions on the use of lead ammunition has been made.

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October 2009

Letter from RSPB/WWT to the Secretary of State

The RSPB and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) write a joint letter to the Secretary of State outlining both new and well established health risks posed to humans and wildlife from lead ammunition. They cite new evidence on the impact of fragmented lead shot and bullets and claim current FSA and VLA risk assessments do not go far enough, they call for a more thorough quantitative analysis.

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