Hunt bill unlikely to get time

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.

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