HC Deb 10 July 1956 vol 556 c18W
Sir A. Bossom

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether, as rabbits are again increasing rapidly throughout Kent, he will give guidance to farmers on effective measures of destruction, as shooting is not sufficiently effective.

Mr. Amory

It is of the utmost importance that farmers in rabbit clearance areas should carry out their obligations under the Pests Act by destroying wild rabbits on their land. I agree with my hon. Friend that shooting is not usually the most effective method. Any farmers who want advice on rabbit destruction should get into touch with the pest department of their county agricultural executive committee. A leaflet has been sent to occupiers in rabbit clearance areas in Kent and elsewhere drawing attention to this facility, of which I hope full advantage will be taken.