HC Deb 02 May 1938 vol 335 cc524-5W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has obtained, and can give, statistics concerning the considerable damage done to grain in stock or storage by rats; and whether, in view of the importance of increasing stocks of grain under present circumstances, he will, in consultation with the appropriate authorities, initiate a special campaign to destroy these pests and encourage such measures as may be devised to render corn in stock less vulnerable?

Mr. W. S. Morison:

I am not aware of any reliable statistics of the damage done by rats to stored grain, but it is common knowledge that the damage is serious. It is the duty of occupiers of infested premises to take all necessary and reasonably practicable steps to destroy rats and mice. Local authorities are responsible under the Rats and Mice (Destruction) Act, 1919, for the enforcement of its provisions and are also entrusted with the duty of advising on the best methods of rat destruction. My own powers are limited, but I will consider the possibility of action on the lines suggested in the latter part of my hon. and gallant Friend's question.