Deer, Somerset

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Heywood and Radcliffe 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will give the figures for the number of deer killed in Somerset for each of the years 1938 to 1947, showing how many were killed by hunting them to death with hounds and how many in other ways.

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

As the answer contains a number of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Heywood and Radcliffe

While eagerly awaiting my right hon. Friend's fuller reply, will he not agree that these figures show quite conclusively that there are other methods of getting rid of these animals which are just as effective and far more humane than the rather crude and sadistic methods of the savage barbarians of the Quantock Hunt?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

Not according to the information at my disposal.

Following is the answer.

Separate figures of the numbers of deer killed by hunting, and by other means, are not available, but only a very small number are killed by other means.

The number of deer killed in Somerset in each of the years 1938–1947
*1938217
1939412
1940453
1941192
1942112
194394
194472
1945109
194678
1947113
*These figures relate to the hunting year from September to April and include some deer killed in North Devon by the Devon and Somerset Staghounds.