HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 c674
57. Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Agriculture, whether it is the desire of the Government that the production of the steel-trap industry for agricultural purposes should be maintained and encouraged at the present time; and whether the necessary priority will be given to demands for the steel necessary for the purpose of manufacture?

Mr. Hudson

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, arrangements have been made with the Departments concerned for the release of a reasonable quantity of steel to manufacturers.

Mr. Mander

Is it not essential, if this rabbit destruction campaign is to succeed, that this industry should be encouraged?

Mr. Hudson

I have no reason to suppose that there will not be adequate supplies of steel for the construction of rabbit traps.

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