Jim Paice MP, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, re-affirmed the Government’s support for shooting when he visited a stand hosted by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) – the UK’s largest shooting organisation.

Mr Paice visited the BASC stand at the CLA Game Fair 2011, which was held at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, between 22nd and 24th July.

He said: “The Government stands four square behind the shooting community; it’s a vital part of rural life, it provides a huge amount of assistance for conservation and is good for the countryside.”

Christopher Graffius, BASC’s director of communications, said: “It is heartening to hear the Government’s support for shooting so clearly expressed and for the benefits of shooting for the wider countryside to be recognised at the highest levels. We welcome the Minister’s comments.”