In the first screen shot we see that see that each member of the LAG is linked to an organisation. John Swift and tagged as being the BASC representative.
This is the letter to John Swift from Defra note they are on the LAG as ‘stakeholders’ for their organisation.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation
Our ref: P0161372
From Huw Irranca-Davies Minister for Marine and Natural Environment
Thank you for your letter of 26 November to Hilary Benn, sent on behalf of various stakeholders, about the threat to wild birds from ingesting lead from ammunition.
I recognise that this is a complex issue and note the concerns of the RSPB, the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust and yourselves. I am not aware of any new research that has been conducted that shows that lead ammunition residues or spent lead shot is a real threat to the conservation of wildlife in general in England. However, I realise levels of concern have risen recently among various stakeholders involved with lead from ammunition, and this issue covers a number of fronts. Therefore I have asked Defra officials to look at the possibility of convening a group to look at possible impacts for wildlife of lead from ammunition, the welfare implications of available alternatives and potential effects from contaminated food on human health.
If you, or any of the stakeholders who are party to your letter, would like to be involved in such a group please contact: Ashley Matthews, Room 108, Defra, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6EB (firstname.lastname@example.org).
My kind regards
Then by 4 June 2014 John Swift is no long listed as a BASC representative. Why did BASC not put someone on the LAG committee to represent their members?
In the BASC briefing to members they state the following:
Why was the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) formed?
In October 2009 Mark Avery of RSPB and Debbie Pain of WWT wrote to the Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) expressing concern at the potential impact of lead ammunition on the health of humans and wildlife. They called for a group to be formed to address the evidence and make recommendations. A letter from the shooting organisations to the Secretary of State stated that while any evidence had to be addressed there was no case for sweeping legislative or regulatory change. The Defra Minister for the marine and Natural Environment, Huw Irranca-Davies MP, asked his officials to investigate convening a stakeholder group to look at the issues. In March 2010 Defra invited John Swift, then CEO of BASC, to Chair a group and suggested terms of reference. LAG’s first meeting was in April 2010. The full text of the letters can be read here: http://www.leadammunitiongroup.co.uk/index.html from the “background” tab.
It does not say that John Swift as CEO of BASC also wrote to defra on lead ammunition, on behalf of a number of shooting organisations. I believe now that John Swift using his position with BASC lead the shooting organisation into a trap that lead to the LAG being formed with himself and chairman.
SO the LAG members where on the LAG as stakeholders. John Swift was as the BASC representative But as soon as it was clear the way things where going as soon as John Swift retired they dropped him like a stone. Saying he no longer work for them. BASC then have no representation on the main LAG committee. The voice of shooting has no voice.