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Lord Renton: I greatly appreciate all that my noble friend Lord Mancroft has already done to try to improve this Bill. Up to now I have agreed with him. However, it seems to me that the word "beats" is perfectly plain. "Beats" could mean either with one stroke or with several strokes.
The amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Monson, and accepted, seems to me to deal with the situation that my noble friend Lord Mancroft has in mind; namely, an attempt to kill a wild mammal with reasonable expedition. Amendment No. 4 refers to,
The other parts of Clause 2 also help. Therefore, although I do not disagree with the intention and spirit of what my noble friend proposes, we have to be careful not to clutter the Bill with words that are repetitive or unnecessary.
Baroness Nicol: I find myself in some difficulty over this point. Although I appreciate the worries of the noble Lord about frivolous or vindictive prosecutions, there is, as the noble Lord, Lord Renton, said, a degree of repetition which is probably not very sensible and which may cause problems when the Bill returns to another place. Nevertheless, it seems to me that there is still an area that is not quite covered by the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Monson. Therefore, I am willing to accept the amendment.
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