HC Deb 14 June 1948 vol 452 c37
46. Mr. Symonds

asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress reports he has received from county agricultural executive committees with regard to the reduction of rook populations; and if he is satisfied that his instructions to avoid indiscriminate slaughter are being observed.

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Thomas Williams)

I have received reports from all county agricultural executive committees. I am satisfied that my instructions have been carefully observed and that there has been no indiscriminate slaughter of rooks by committees.

Mr. Symonds

Is it not a fact that in many areas there are large concentrations? How many of these concentrations have been destroyed up to 80 per cent. since the "blitz" began?

Mr. Williams

I am afraid I cannot give the exact figure, but I can tell my hon. Friend that only in 15 cases was it necessary for a committee to enter lands through the private owner failing to comply with notices served upon him.