HC Deb 22 September 1915 vol 74 c443

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether, in view of the need of increasing the production of food in the country and the damage caused to crops by game, he will consider the desirability of abolishing the Game Laws and releasing the occupiers of land from all statutory and contractual restrictions as to the destruction of both winged and ground game on their land?


In view of the right already possessed by the occupiers of land under the Ground Game Acts to destroy hares and rabbits, and having regard to the fact that pheasants are not being reared upon the usual scale, if at all, I doubt whether action of the kind suggested by the hon. Member would have the effect of materially increasing the food supply. The subject also would hardly be free from contention.