HC Deb 12 October 1916 vol 86 cc232-3W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to a resolution passed by sheep breeders in Scotland pointing out the damage done to the grazing power of land for sheep and cattle by the increase of deer and other game; and whether, in the interest of cheaper and more abundant food, he proposes to take any steps in the matter?


I am not aware of the special resolution referred to, but I am prepared to consider any facts which my hon. Friend may bring under my notice in this connection. I may inform my hon. Friend that a Committee (which has had official assistance from the Departments concerned) has been engaged in concerting with owners and tenants of deer forests plans for killing as large a number of deer as possible during the present season. It is hoped that the action thus taken may not only minimise the risk referred to, but also result in an increased supply of meat.