HC Deb 12 February 1947 vol 433 cc363-4
49. Mr. John Morrison

asked the Minis-of Food the annual cost of "Rodent Mail," issued by the infestation division of his Department; how many are employed in its production; how many copies are circulated; and what purpose does the publication achieve.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Dr. Edith Summer-skill)

The estimated annual cost of "Rodent Mail" is £480. Four thousand seven hundred and fifty copies are printed monthly by H.M. Stationery Office and circulated to local authorities No special staff is required. The purpose of the publication is to stimulate effort on sound up-to-date lines.

Mr. Morrison

On what basis are claims made for rats actually destroyed?

Dr. Summerskill

A survey is frequently made by our investigation officer.

Mr. Oliver Stanley

Could I ask the hon. Lady whether the issue of "Rodent Mail" is considered as an essential service, and will be continued during the crisis?

Dr. Summerskill

It provides an effective antidote to the discouragement which questions like this produce upon excellent officials.

Mr. Hogg

Should it not be called the "Rodent Herald"?