§ Mr. Hannah
asked the Home Secretary whether he can give any information in regard to arrangements made for dealing with domestic and food animals which may be injured as a result of enemy attack?
§ Sir J. Anderson
The National A.R.P. Animals Committee was constituted with the encouragement of my Department to deal with the welfare of animals under war conditions. With the co-operation of the veterinary profession and of animal welfare societies and their staffs the committee has established a voluntary organisation covering practically the whole country. At first its attention was concentrated on animals in towns, but the committee has now widened its scope to cover animals on farms and it has secured the full collaboration of the veterinary profession and the National Farmers' Union. Special arrangements have been made to deal with injured food animals, and it is part of the purpose of the organisation to protect the public from panic-stricken animals. The organisation has been established and equipped by voluntary contributions from the public and by advances from animal welfare societies, and it has the cordial support of my Department.