16 December 1999
Hunt bill unlikely to get time
THE government is expected to thwart its own party member, Ken Livingstone, the controversial candidate for London mayor, from getting legislation banning hunting through parliament.
Prime Minister Tony Blairs spokesman said it was more likely the government would make time for another bill in the next session of parliament.
This would follow the inquiry into the impact of a ban would have on the rural economy was completed in six months.
Mr Livingstone came eighth in the MPs ballot for private members bills.
Given his place in the ballot, it is unlikely Mr Livingstones bill would get beyond a second reading.
- Livingstone plans hunt ban Bill, FWi, 14 December, 1999
- Government backs hunt ban, FWi, 11 November, 1999
- Hunting ban would destroy 25,000 jobs – CLA, FWi, 25 November, 1997
- The Times 16/12/99 page 13
- The Independent 16/12/99 page 5
- Financial Times 16/12/99 page 2
- The Guardian 16/12/99 page 13
- The Daily Telegraph 16/12/99 page 8