Mr. WEST RUSSELL
asked the Minister of Health whether any further progress has been made in the matter of an international convention covering the deratisation of merchant ships and if so, what has been its nature?
§ Miss LAWRENCE
An international convention dealing, inter alia, with the deratisation of merchant ships was drawn50W up in 1926 and has since been ratified by the large majority of maritime countries. My right hon. Friend is advised that progress is being made in the uniform application of the provisions of the convention dealing with deratisation, and this matter is constantly under consideration by the Permanent Committee of the International Health Office which has recently prepared a further report on the subject. This report will be considered as soon as it is received.