§ 23. Lieut.-Colonel MOORE
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the recent shooting by private people of swans without interference or prosecution; and why his Department decided not to take any action respecting the recent destruction of five swans near Chelmsford?
My right hon. Friend's attention was called to the shooting of swans on the river Chelmer in November, 1932. As, however, the protection afforded to wild swans in the county of Essex by the Wild Birds Protection Order in force in that county operates only during the period 1st March to 8th 341 August of each year, no offence was committed under the Wild Birds Protection Acts.