HC Deb 28 July 1938 vol 338 cc3332-3W
Mr. Hopkin

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the damage done to agricultural land, and the consequent losses to farmers, by moles and rabbits; and will he consult with the Poisons Board with a view to relaxing or amending the rule controlling the sales of strychnine for use in agriculture?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The answer to the first part of the hon. Member's question is in the affirmative.

As regards the second part of the question, the rule to which the hon. Member refers was recommended by the Poisons Board on information that the interests of agriculture do not require the use of strychnine for the destruction of vermin, and that it is preferable that other toxic agents should be employed. I concur in this view, and I should not, therefore, feel justified in asking the board to reconsider the matter.

I should add that strychnine is available for medicinal and scientific purposes in connection with agriculture.