Grey Squirrel Shooting Clubs

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th January 1947.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Hurd Mr Anthony Hurd , Newbury 12:00 am, 27th January 1947

asked the Minister of Agriculture what success has attended the formation of grey squirrel shooting clubs and what cost to public funds has been involved.

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

Gratifying success has been achieved by grey squirrel clubs, which now number 320 in 27 counties. During last winter and spring they accounted for some 60,000 grey squirrels at a cost to public funds of less than £1,000, being the expenditure on the free issue of cartridges. Results of the present winter's campaign are not yet available.

Photo of Viscount  Hinchingbrooke Viscount Hinchingbrooke , Dorset Southern

Has not the right hon. Gentleman yet appointed a grey squirrel shooting enforcement officer?

Photo of Mr Gerald Williams Mr Gerald Williams , Tonbridge

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the 4.10 cartridges, in future would the Minister issue only twelve-bore cartridges?