HC Deb 09 November 1959 vol 613 c9
16. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what conclusions have been reached by the officer recently attached to the Forestry Commission especially to study the problem of grey squirrels.

Mr. John Hare

This officer is engaged on a study of the grey squirrel population, which will take at least two years to complete. It is expected to give information, for example, on breeding and distribution, which will help to improve means of control.

Mr. Digby

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in the meanwhile the grey squirrel population is increasing enormously and that a lot of damage has been done to woodlands this summer? Is he aware that some action is needed, since the abolition of the 2s. a tail scheme has resulted in this increase in the grey squirrel population?

Mr. Hare

Yes, but that is an entirely different question from the one on the Paper. I will certainly note what my hon. Friend has said.