§ 21. Mr. W. THORNE
asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he has received any complaints from the Southdown district as to the destruction of 12 young lambs by foxes and of great worrying of in-lamb ewes and ewes with young lambs by the presence of foxes in large numbers on the Southdown hills; whether, if a small reward is offered in the Brighton and Eastbourne districts, plenty of persons will embark on a campaign of extermination; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?
§ Mr. PROTHERO
I have no confirmation of the alleged destruction of young lambs by foxes in the Southdown district, and a Report for which I asked is to the effect that there are no complaints. I shall be pleased to follow up any information on the point which the hon. Member can furnish, and, if the case is established, to take any steps that may be called for to-reduce the number of foxes in the district.