– Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, Speaking to the telegraph
There's only a point having a vote if you're going to win. At the moment, it would not be my proposal to bring forward a vote we were going to lose. There needs to be more work done on Members of Parliament. It is our clear intention to have a free vote but we need to choose an appropriate moment.
The Environment Secretary says there is no imminent prospect of a vote on repealing the hunting ban. But the Countryside Alliance say are they "confident" the ban will eventually be repealed.