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Sheep Stealing

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1964.

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Photo of Sir Timothy Kitson Sir Timothy Kitson , Richmond (Yorks) 12:00 am, 23rd January 1964

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the increase in sheep stealing; what action he intends to take by legislation, or otherwise; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Miss Mervyn Pike Miss Mervyn Pike , Melton

Separate national statistics for sheep stealing are not available. There has been some increase in the total figures for thefts of sheep, horses and cattle. The police do all they can, in co-operation with farmers, to prevent and detect these offences, and on the information at present available my right hon. Friend does not consider that action on his part is necessary. The maximum penalty for these offences is fourteen years' imprisonment.

Photo of Sir Timothy Kitson Sir Timothy Kitson , Richmond (Yorks)

Does my hon. Friend agree that the penalties are severe enough if the culprits can be caught? Does she agree that the difficulty experienced by the police at the moment is catching the rustlers on moorland country? If the situation were to deteriorate, would my hon. Friend's Department be prepared to set up an inquiry into the situation?

Photo of Miss Mervyn Pike Miss Mervyn Pike , Melton

I appreciate the difficulties. As I think my hon. Friend knows, farmers are at present seeing what they can do to co-operate with the police.