HC Deb 25 June 1956 vol 555 c17
25. Mr. Speir

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is satisfied that sufficient steps are being taken to restrict the sale of strychnine for legitimate agricultural purposes; and whether he will consider introducing further safeguards against its misuse.

Mr. Amory

I am looking into the arrangements for authorising the purchase of strychnine for destroying moles to see whether further safeguards are desirable.

Mr. Speir

Would it not be as well to limit the amount to 2 oz. to any one applicant, and will my right hon. Friend not consider whether it is not desirable for applications to go before a special sub-committee instead of being dealt with by one officer of an agricultural committee?

Mr. Amory

I will take note of both those practical suggestions by my hon. Friend. I understand that the usual amount issued is very much less than the amount he has mentioned.