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After section 26A of the 1981 Act insert—
(1)The Scottish Ministers must, after the end of each calendar year, lay before the Scottish Parliament a report on offences relating to wildlife.
(2)The report may, in particular, include—
(a)information on the incidence and prosecution of such offences during the year to which the report relates;
(b)information on research and advice relating to wildlife which the Scottish Ministers consider relevant to such offences.
(3)The report need only include information in relation to such offences relating to wildlife as the Scottish Ministers consider appropriate.
(4)For the purposes of this section, an offence relating to wildlife is an offence—
(a)under Part 1 of this Act; or
(b)under any other enactment which the Scottish Ministers consider may have an impact on wildlife.”.
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