§ 42. Lord SCONE
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware 2071 that the refusal of his Department to the British Trust for Ornithology of registration as a company under the Companies Act, 1929, is endangering the establishment and development of the trust; if he will state the reasons for this refusal; and if, in view of the importance of the trust, he is prepared to reconsider the previous decision?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The British Trust for Ornithology has not been refused registration under the Companies Act. The Board of Trade have, however, in accordance with their general policy refused to issue a licence to the proposed company under Section 18 of the Act. The grounds for this refusal have been communicated to the Trust, and if my noble Friend has information bEarlng on the application which the Board of Trade have not already had before them the application will certainly be considered again.