Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 4th March 1940.

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Photo of Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith , Petersfield

I have received no representations by or on behalf of agriculturists, either through County War Agricultural Executive Committees or the National Farmers' Union, in regard to damage done to farming land by the continuation of hunting, and I see no justification for prohibiting the practice of hunting. I am not aware that action is being taken generally by Masters of Foxhounds Hunts to notify poultry keepers that no payment for poultry killed by foxes will be made during the war. In continuation of the replies which were given to the hon. Member for Sedgefield (Mr. Leslie) on 15th February and the hon. Member for Clay Cross (Mr. Ridley) on 22nd February, I am able to state that the Masters of Foxhounds Association are taking further steps to bring to the notice of Hunts the desirability of killing the maximum number of foxes during the remainder of the hunting season. The association have also, at my request, agreed to ask Masters to take steps to secure the destruction of foxes in the breeding coverts.