§ Mr. Morley
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what use his Department has made of the Destructive (Imported) Animals Act 1932 to ban the keeping of non-indigenous species; and if he will list the species concerned.
§ Mr. Soames
The provisions of the Destructive (Imported) Animals Act 1932 have been used by Agriculture Ministers to prohibit the importation and keeping of musk rats, grey squirrels and non-indigenous rabbits and to prohibit the keeping of coypu. The keeping of mink on offshore islands, with some exemptions, and part of the Scottish mainland is also banned.