§ Major Wise
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the powers he proposes to take to deal with rats and mice under 475W the Agriculture Bill are intended to supersede the powers already possessed by county councils and other local government bodies under the Rats and Mice (Destruction) Act, 1919.
§ Mr. T. Williams
No, Sir. My hon. Friend will have noticed that no part of the Rats and Mice (Destruction) Act, 1919, would be repealed by the Agriculture Bill. The Government recognise, however, that the present position regarding rats and mice is unsatisfactory from the legal standpoint and the matter will be given consideration at an early date.