HC Deb 26 April 1990 vol 171 cc314-5W
Mr. Ron Davies

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Caerphilly of 18 April, if he will outline how he proposes to minimise casualties among other species in the event of action being taken in the United Kingdom to prevent the spread of rabies.

Mr. Maclean

The baits that would be used in any fox control operation have been selected so as to be more attractive to foxes than to other species and would be buried in such a manner that they would more likely to be taken by foxes, in locations frequented by foxes. A control exercise would be undertaken only under strict supervision and would last only one or two days. Owners, occupiers, and users of land on which fox control operations were to take place would be warned.

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