HC Deb 16 March 1961 vol 636 cc1742-3
38. Mr. Kershaw

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on how many occasions in 1959 and 1960 he has served directions on commodity owners and custodians requiring them to carry out treatment prescribed by the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act, 1949.

Mr. Vane

None, Sir.

Mr. Kershaw

Is my hon. Friend aware that owing to the increasing habit of the use of bulk storage, both on farms and in depots, there has been a great deal more infestation recently than in the past? Does he not think that the regulations need strengthening?

Mr. Vane

I could not agree with the whole of my hon. Friend's supplementary question, but it must be admitted that bulk handling and storage provides greater opportunities for infestation. However, our officers are advising farmers and others about how to deal with this problem.