HC Deb 27 October 1955 vol 545 c42W
58. Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps are being taken to eliminate the surviving rabbits in various parts of the country in the interest of maintaining food production.

Mr. Amory

County Executive Committees are proceeding with vigour with the designation of rabbit clearance areas under the Pests Act, 1954, and by the end of the year more than half the area of England and Wales will have been designated. Where the conditions are exceptionally difficult in clearance areas, grants of half the cost of destructive or preventive methods are available for occupiers. Throughout the whole country farmers are co-operating in the campaign for the mopping up of surviving rabbits.