HC Deb 28 March 1938 vol 333 cc1634-5
44. Sir P. Harris (for Mr. Graham White)

asked the First Commissioner of Works for what reason he has given instructions for the carrion crows in St. James's Park to be shot?

Sir P. Sassoon

It has been the practice for many years to shoot carrion crows in St. James's Park during the nesting season, as they take the eggs of the water-fowl and attack the young birds.

Sir P. Harris

In view of the fact that very few of these birds come to London, does the right hon. Gentleman think it justifiable that they should be shot?

Sir William Davison

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he is driving these carrion crows to Kensington and that they wake me every morning?

Sir P. Sassoon

We try to keep them down to one pair in Kensington Gardens.