§ Mr. Thorpe
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what tests have been made by his Department to ensure that unnecessary suffering is not caused by use of the poisons known as 1080, phosphorus and red squill, respectively, in the destruction of vermin; and whether he will make an order substituting the poison "Warfarin" for such poisons.
§ Mr. Brooke
My Department has no facilities for carrying out such tests. I have, however, consulted all those bodies who have an interest in the problem, including the veterinary and animal welfare organisations, about the regulations to be made under the Animals (Cruel Poisons) Act, 1962. I am considering, in the light of the views submitted to me, which poisons should be included in the regulations.