HC Deb 02 April 1917 vol 92 cc889-90
38 and 39. Mr. CATHCART WASON

asked the Secretary for Scotland (1) in what respects the Regulations for the killing of rabbits have altered the existing law; if tenants have for many years had the unrestricted right of killing ground game on arable lands; and (2) if tenants of arable land have had the unrestricted right for many years of killing rabbits on arable land; if he can state what were the representations made to him by a deputation who waited on him with reference to the subject; and what action he has taken?


I propose to reply to this question and the following question together. With respect to the rights of tenants to kill ground game, I would refer my hon. Friend to the terms of the Ground Game Acts. Representations have been made to me by the deputation to which he refers and from other quarters to the effect that further powers of killing down rabbits are required under existing conditions, and a Defence of the Realm Regulation was accordingly passed on the 30th March enabling the necessary action to be taken. An Order will be made at once, of which I will send my hon. Friend a copy.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in a week's time rabbits will be unfit for human food?


That will be borne in mind.