National Rat Week

Apparently, there used to be a 'National Rat Week', this report was submitted by the medical officer to the Borough on the 20th November, 1924:-

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NATIONAL RAT WEEK, 1924. - The Medical Officer of Health submitted the following report on action taken in connection with National Rat Week, held in the Borough, commencing on the 3rd November :-

"Notices appeared in the local press and a large poster was exhibited in the Old Council Chamber during National Health and Baby Week, stating that a supply of poison could be obtained free of charge by applying at the Health Offices, Library Street, Wigan.

Number of premises which were supplied with free poison bait...... 14
  Number of baits given out................................................................. 760  
  Number of baits laid.......................................................................... 112  
  Number of new premises reported to be infected (free supply 13) 41  
  Number of old premises applied for free supply (1)  
  Number of premises reported to be clear of rats or mice.................. 28  
  Number of premises reported that the numbers are reduced............ 15  
  Number of premises still infested..................................................... 36  
  Number of visits paid by Inspectors in connection with Rat Week.. 66  

I have reason to believe that the occupiers of infected premises are doing all in their power to exterminate rats or mice."
 


Resolved: That the report be approved, and that a copy be forwarded to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
 

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