|Parliament Act & Fox Hunting - A Matter of National Urgency?
||Dear Sir George,
The debate on fox hunting is one that I am empassioned about; but a matter which raises concern for everyone in this country is the abuse of the Parliament Act.
How on earth can MPs of all parties, irrespective of their opinion on hunting with dogs, concur with the use of the Parliament Act to force this unpopular Act past an obecting House of Lords and through a reticent Lower House? Do you condone this action and if not what efforts are being made by your office to ensure that such disrespect for the electorate is being challenged?
I am sir, yours truly
|Date Issue Raised:
||14 Sep 2004
||Thank you for your email and I am heartened to know I have your support in resisting the use of the Parliament Act to force this measure through.
The Parliament Act was never intended to be used for a measure like this – not least because the government originally proposed a licensing system rather than at outright ban. There are better things for Parliament to do than to criminalise my constituents who take part in traditional countryside pursuits.
My views are set out in more details on my website - http://www.sirgeorgeyoung.org.uk/FAQ/newsitem.cfm?newsid=1116.
Best wishes, George Young