HC Deb 22 April 1964 vol 693 cc174-5W
46. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the extent of damage avoided by the use of gin traps in Scotland; and, in view of the suffering to animals caused by such traps, if he will introduce legislation to prohibit their use.

Mr. Stodart

No precise estimate has been or can be made of the damage avoided by the continued use of the gin trap against foxes and otters in Scotland, but my right hon. Friend is satisfied that it is substantial. He will withdraw his authority for these remaining uses as soon as he is satisfied that there is an effective and humane alternative.