HC Deb 05 December 1972 vol 847 cc369-70W
Mr. Wiggins

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will reintroduce financial assistance to aid the destruction of grey squirrels, particularly bearing in mind the forthcoming Tree Planting Year.

Mrs. Fenner

No. From experience with its tail bonus scheme, the Forestry Commission concluded that this was not an effective approach to grey squirrel control and that expenditure of this kind was not justified. My right hon. Friends are, however, hoping shortly to lay an order permitting use of the new control techniques foreshadowed in the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Oswestry (Mr. Biffen) on 26th October 1972.—[Vol. 843, c. 410.]