Sir Barney White-Spunner has resigned from the Lead Ammunition Group in protest at the “abuses of process and evidence that render the group’s work so flawed it can never reach any scientific conclusions.”
He was swiftly followed by the British Association of Shooting & Conservation, the largest group that represents shooters at a political level.
The Lead Ammunition Group was set up under the Labour government in 2010 to advise Defra on lead’s risk to wildlife, human health and livestock. It is yet to produce a report, but in April a draft was circulated that the majority of the group’s members had no part in. Sir Barney White-Spunner said: “That document is very far from a reflection of the LAG’s discussions and draws incorrect conclusions from that evidence, which the LAG has agreed… I have submitted 172 detailed comments of evidence and process on the chairman’s draft report and I cannot continue to serve as the representative of the shooting community due to my profound disagreement with the way process has been conducted.”