§ 47. Mr. Farr
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, in view of the widespread increase in the numbers of myxomatosis-free surface rabbits, he will now authorise the general provision of shot-gun cartridges, 127W at reduced prices, to recognised shots, to combat these and other pests.
§ Mr. Scott-Hopkins
No. There is no evidence of a widespread increase in rabbits living above ground, or that surface-living rabbits are immune to the myxoma virus. Grants on expenditure on cartridges for shooting rabbits and wood-pigeons are already available to rabbit clearance societies, who may engage recognised shots if they wish.