Abnormal Weather (Livestock)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st February 1955.

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Photo of Mr Peter Freeman Mr Peter Freeman , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent) 12:00 am, 1st February 1955

Can the hon. Gentleman say what is the duty and responsibility of farmers and agriculturists to safeguard the lives of these domestic animals under such conditions, and in view of the fact that these climatic conditions do occur with regularity every winter, and a large number of animals are killed—one paper has given a figure of 250,000 sheep, which may be exaggerated—what precautions are taken to safeguard the interests of these animals?