Parliament has “better things to be concerned with” than the government’s pledge to hold a vote on repealing the Hunting Act, the sports minister says.
Tracey Crouch said fox hunting was a “pursuit from the past” and should be “consigned to history”.
The act, passed by the Blair government in 2004, says foxes cannot be killed by dogs in hunts in England and Wales.
A survey for the Countryside Alliance has suggested about 250,000 people will go to a hunt on Boxing Day.
The Conservative Party’s 2015 general election manifesto promised to “give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government bill in government time”.
An attempt to relax the law was abandoned earlier this year after the SNP signalled they would vote against it, rather than abstain as they traditionally do on matters that do not affect Scotland.
The government has since calculated it would be unlikely to win.
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