BATTLE lines are being drawn at the suggestion that a Bill to outlaw foxhunting will go before Parliament some time in September.

Opponents of the proposal say the Government will lose face if it introduces the Bill - and anti-hunt groups say it will lose face if it does not.

National media reports that an anti-foxhunting Bill will be rushed through Parliament in a single day during September were not denied by the Department of the Environment, but neither would it confirm them.

A spokesman said: "The Government has made a commitment to resolve the hunting issue during this session of Parliament. But the September suggestion is complete speculation."

However, the reports brought strong reactions from both sides of the fox hunting debate.

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