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Game Preservation (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2002

2002 CHAPTER 2

An Act to amend the Game Preservation Act (Northern Ireland) 1928; and to amend the law relating to the killing, taking or destroying of rabbits and hares.

[13th February 2002]

Close seasonsN.I.

1.—(1) The Game Preservation Act (Northern Ireland) 1928 (c. 25) (referred to in this Act as “the 1928 Act”) shall be amended as follows.

(2) In section 7(1) (periods during which it is unlawful to take, kill or destroy game)—

(a)after paragraph (b) there shall be inserted—

(bb)any partridge or snipe during the period commencing on 1st February in any year and ending with 31st August next following; ; and

(b)in paragraph (c) for “game-bird other than a grouse” there shall be substituted “ other game-bird ”.

(3) In section 7 for subsection (3) (power to vary certain periods) there shall be substituted—

(3) The Minister of the Environment (in this Act referred to as “the Minister”) may by order—

(a)amend subsection (1) so as to vary the close season in relation to any kind of game; or

(b)amend subsection (2) so as to vary the period referred to in that subsection. .

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(5) In section 7F(2) (temporary nature of orders of the Minister) after “under this Act” there shall be inserted “ (except one made under section 7(3)) ”.

Protection of game and rabbitsN.I.

2.—(1) For section 7A of the 1928 Act there shall be substituted—

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(4) In the Ground Game Act 1880 (c. 47) (right of occupier to kill and take hares and rabbits)—

(a)in section 1, in subsection (1)—

(i)for the words “duly authorised by him in writing” there shall be substituted “ authorised by him ”; and

(ii)paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) shall be omitted;

(b)in section 1, subsection (3) shall be omitted; and

(c)section 10 shall be omitted.

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Subs. (6)—Repeals

Orders under the 1928 ActN.I.

3.  In section 7F of the 1928 Act for subsection (4) (orders under that Act to be published) there shall be substituted—

(4) Orders made by the Minister under this Act shall be subject to negative resolution. .

Short title and commencementN.I.

4.—(1) This Act may be cited as the Game Preservation (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2002.

(2) Sections 1 and 2 shall come into operation on such day or days as the Department of the Environment may by order appointF5.

Annotations:

F5fully exercised by SR 2002/130

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Schedule—Repeals