HC Deb 22 March 1948 vol 448 c288W
56. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many foxes have been destroyed in Wales in 1946 and 1947 by the county agricultural executive committees' pest staffs and fox destruction societies; and whether he will enforce the same methods in other parts of the country thus avoiding the destruction of crops and property and waste of manpower by hunting these animals.

Mr. T. Williams

Complete records for the whole of the year 1946 of the number of foxes killed in Wales are not available, but in the period November, 1946—when reliable figures were first obtained—to February, 1948, inclusive 10,750 foxes were destroyed. Of this number, 7,779 were killed by the W.A.E.C. pest staffs and fox destruction societies, and the remainder by other agencies. The reply to the second part of the Question is "No."