HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 cc725-6
62. Mr. Arthur Duckworth

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether a decision has now been reached to cancel the Order made under Defence Regulation 63, which permits the use of steel traps in the open contrary to the provisions of the Prevention of Damage by Rabbits Act, 1939.

Mr. Hudson

No, Sir.

Mr. Duckworth

Is there any justification for continuing this barbarous practice, in defence of a decision come to by the House before the war?

Mr. Price

In maintaining the use of these traps, where necessary, will the Minister see that they are not used in such a way as to catch domestic animals?

Mr. Hudson

I have already stated, in answer to previous questions, that the whole matter is under reconsideration at the present moment.

Mr. Lipson

Can the Minister say when he will be able to make further definite statements?

Mr. Hudson

In due course.