HC Deb 25 February 1954 vol 524 cc543-4
8. Captain Pilkington

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many alternatives to the gin trap have recently been submitted to his Department.

Sir T. Dugdale

Ten traps claimed to be alternatives to the gin have recently been submitted to me.

Captain Pilkington

Is it beyond the ingenuity of my right hon. Friend's Department to speed the matter up a little and adopt a suitable alternative?

Sir T. Dugdale

I cannot go further than I did in the answer I gave last week. We are doing all we can. I am certain that the House realises that there is no disagreement on principle about the matter and that it is just a question of getting the right answer.

Mr. Chapman

Is the right hon. Gentleman having the traps tested, and how long does he expect that to take?

Sir T. Dugdale

Wide-scale tests are being conducted. I said last week that I hoped to have a report by May about what has been going on during the last trapping season.

Major Anstruther-Gray

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that the method of netting rabbits has already proved itself to be satisfactory and that it does not need any more trying out? Will he encourage the use of that sensible method?

Sir T. Dugdale

As I told my hon. and gallant Friend last week, that method is satisfactory only on flat ground.

Hon. Members


Mr. Manuel

Miners can do it on any ground.