HC Deb 07 November 1960 vol 629 c640
30. Mr. G. de Freitas

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will amend the Hares Preservation Act, 1892, to allow the sale of hares during the close season which could be shown to have ben legally taken during the open season.

Mr. Vane

My right hon. Friend is considering this with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Home Affairs.

Mr. de Freitas

In considering this, will not the hon. Gentleman recognise that the provision is wholly out of date, not merely because of modern methods of freezing but because in many parts, especially the Eastern Counties, there are so many hares that they are a nuisance?

Mr. Vane

Those are among the very things that we are considering.

Mr. Mitchison

Will the Minister bear in mind that the man who found it a delight to go out on a shiny night only did so in the season of the year?

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