HC Deb 21 March 1910 vol 15 cc773-4

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the recent case of May v. Waters in the High Court of Justice, in which it was held that Section 6 of The Ground Game Act, 1880, which provides that spring traps shall not be set for ground game except in rabbit holes, was intended to have a special and restricted application only, and is only applicable to occupiers, and not to owners of land; and whether, in view of the fact that Ministers in both Houses during the Debates upon that Act expressly declared that this Section was intended to have a general application in order to place the owner and the occupier upon the same footing with reference to the use of firearms and traps. His Majesty's Government will introduce legislation in order to give effect to the intention of the Legislature?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Churchill)

I am aware of the facts set out in the question. The point seems to me one which may well be met by further legislation, but at present I can only say that it will not be overlooked when next a suitable opportunity occurs.