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17 November 1965
Volume 720

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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.

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My right hon. Friend will consider this suggestion.

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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?

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The responsibilities in this are fixed on the agricultural executive committees, and we have no reason to doubt that they are doing their job.