§ 92. Mr. Hannah
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his attention has been called to the serious increase of moles in certain areas of Scotland; and what measures does he propose to take to eradicate these pests and secure their valuable pelts?
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Westwood)
I am aware that moles are a serious pest in certain parts of Scotland. Occupiers of land are free to destroy moles but in the interests of increased food production powers have been delegated to Agricultural Executive Committees to serve Orders requiring the destruction of vermin and, failing compliance with an Order, to enter on the land and do the work required. Committees are also empowered to authorise the purchase of strychnine for the purpose of killing moles. Occupiers and others are at liberty to preserve and sell mole skins.