16 January 2001
Brown set to back hunting ban

By FWi staff

AGRICULTURE minister Nick Brown is set to vote for a ban on fox-hunting, reports The Times.

An aide said the minister came to the decision after he had “studied and considered very hard the proposals for a licensing system”.

The newspaper says Mr Browns stance will set him on a collision course with farming unions and rural communities.

On Wednesday (17 January) MPs will vote on whether to ban hunting, introduce statutory licensing or allow self-regulation.