HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 c105W
65. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he has considered the pamphlet, "Instructions for dealing with Rabbits," which has been sent to him and describes a humane method for dealing with rabbits; and if, in view of the cruelty and danger involved in the use of the steel-toothed trap, he will send copies of this pamphlet to all A.E.Cs.

Mr. T. Williams

I have read this pamphlet, and while I would endorse much of its contents, it contains a good deal of information which has become out-of-date since its publication in 1940. I could not therefore commend it to my county committees. I can assure my hon. Friend however that the committees fully recognise the need for controlling rabbits by humane methods. This has been brought to their notice on many occasions, and I feel confident that the principle is observed as far as possible in their efforts to exterminate these very destructive vermin.