HC Deb 18 April 1944 vol 399 cc29-30
55. Mr. Snadden

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the damage and destruction caused to lambs by foxes, he will consider exempting from the payment of licence dogs kept by gamekeepers for the sole purpose of destroying foxes and so bring them into line with farmers who keep dogs for use with sheep.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir John Anderson)

I regret that I am unable to adopt my hon. Friend's proposal.

Mr. Snadden

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that great destruction is caused by foxes and that terriers are kept for the purpose of destroying them, just as farmers keep dogs to look after their sheep; and cannot something be done to help in this matter?

Mr. Granville

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that if there are more dogs in the country there will be fewer sheep?

Sir J. Anderson

The facts may be as stated, but the suggested exemption would be exceedingly difficult to administer and would open the door to extensive evasion.