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Grain Stores, Norfolk (Damage)

Volume 476: debated on Monday 26 June 1950

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asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that grain stored in hangars on disused airfields in Norfolk is being destroyed by rats; and if he will take all available action to lessen the losses caused in this way.

All grain in store attracts rats and mice and my Department, in co-operation with the Infestation Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, takes every precaution against them as a matter of routine. I have not heard of any exceptional damage to the stocks held by my Department in stores in Norfolk, but if the hon. and gallant Member can give me details I will look into the matter. But I am glad to state that, despite having to use temporary stores, our overall losses from all causes, including infestation were less than a quarter of one per cent. of the entire turnover of grain.