HC Deb 04 June 1947 vol 438 c198
63. Colonel Wheatley

asked the Minister of Food if he will consider granting permits for feedingstuff to those pigeon fanciers who were registered members of the National Homing Union prior to being called up, and had to sell their birds, and who now wish to restart their flocks.

Mr. Strachey

I regret that the shortage of ingredients for pigeon food makes this impossible at present.

Colonel Wheatley

Will the Minister reconsider this matter in view of the very small quantity of feedingstuffs required, and in view of the fine work done by these carrier pigeons supplied by private persons during the war?

Mr. Strachey

The members of the National Pigeon Service organisation are supplied with rations, but we will certainly reconsider the matter when more plentiful supplies are available.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Can the Minister say whether the activities of these pigeons will come under the review of the national Press?