asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will seek to make membership of rabbit clearance societies compulsory in areas where such societies are functioning.
The Minister of State, Scottish Office (Mr. George Willis)
My right hon. Friend will consider this suggestion.
I thank the hon. Gentleman for that reply, but I draw his attention to the fact that the whole of Scotland is a rabbit clearance area under the Pests Act, 1956. Will he take steps to ensure that all Scotland is brought into this category for the purpose of rabbit clearance?
The responsibilities in this are fixed on the agricultural executive committees, and we have no reason to doubt that they are doing their job.