Government announced the date for the Driven Grouse Shooting Debate.

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Attached below is the Government response to the people who signed Mark Avery’s petition asking for a Ban of Driven Grouse Shooting in England. The initial hearing where evidence will be submitted will take place at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 18 October at 2.15pm.


You are invited to submit your written contributions the deadline for submissions is 5 October. For further information see below.



You recently signed the petition “Ban driven grouse shooting”:

We recently told you that the Petitions Committee decided that MPs should have the chance to hear evidence on grouse shooting before they debate this petition.

What is happening:

On Tuesday 18 October at 2.15pm, MPs will hear from Mark Avery, the petition creator, and representatives from the RSPB, the Moorland Association and the Countryside Alliance.

You can watch the session on Parliament TV:

You can find out more information on the Petitions Committee website:

The transcript of what is said will help inform MPs taking part in the House of Commons debate. We will let you know the date of the debate as soon as it has been decided.

Get involved:

The Committee also welcomes written contributions from people who want to share their expertise on this subject. In particular, the Committee would welcome contributions on the following points:

– Should the law on grouse shooting be changed? If so, how?
– What effect does grouse shooting have on wildlife and the environment?
– What role does grouse shooting play in rural life, especially the rural economy?

The deadline for submissions is 5 October.

You can find out more and submit your contributions on the inquiry page:

The written submissions will be used to help inform the Committee session.

The Petitions Committee is a cross-party group of MPs. It is independent from Government. You can find out more about the Committee on its website:

You can follow the Petitions Committee on Twitter: @HoCpetitions

The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament

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