HC Deb 02 July 1958 vol 590 c1331
52. Sir W. Anstruther-Gray

asked the Minister of Labour how the number of men presently employed in rabbit destruction compares with the figure four years ago, giving separate figures for Scotland.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I regret that this information is not available.

Sir W. Anstruther-Gray

Could my right hon. Friend not make some attempt to obtain that information so that it may be seen whether there is a sufficient pool of trappers available for any increase of rabbits which may take place?

Mr. Macleod

I am told that the difficulty is that one cannot distinguish rabbit trappers in the statistics from other workers in agriculture. It is probably true, however, that there has been a considerable decrease over the last few years in the number employed.