§ 70. Colonel YATE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether he has been able yet 516 to find any purpose for the use of rat skins so as to create a market for these skins as an incentive to the destruction of rats?
Sir A. BOSCAWEN
Several attempts have been made to turn rat skins to profitable account and develop an industry that might, by creating a market, serve an additional incentive to rat destruction. Up to the present time efforts have not proved successful, and from enquiries made it appears that the value of the skins when cured is not sufficient to compensate for the labour of preparing them