HC Deb 20 November 1946 vol 430 c838
30. Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of pigeons used by his Department during the war; and whether any estimate is available of the losses from enemy action.

Mr. de Freitas

Approximately 100,000. About 23,000 were lost on operations, but how many of these were shot down we cannot say.

Sir W. Smithers

Are there so few pigeons now because all the pigeon holes are full of Socialist Bills?