In a letter dated 12 July 2016, the Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responded to the report from the Lead Ammunition Group into "Lead Ammunition, Wildlife and Human Health". She states that, "In both instances – human health and wildlife – the report did not show that the impacts of lead ammunition were significant enough to justify changing current policy; we therefore do not accept your recommendation to ban the use of lead ammunition."

The letter acknowledges that lead ammunition is already banned in several situations and for certain wildlife, and says that DEFRA

will look at increasing compliance with this. Also she states that "the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has been asked by the European Commission to gather information on the potential risks presented by metallic lead, to establish if there is a case for regulating its use within the European Union; [DEFRA] will keep the evidence presented by the ECHA under review."