HC Deb 03 May 1948 vol 450 cc896-7
37. Mr. David Jones

asked the Minister of Food what representations he has received from members of homing societies about the allocation of pigeon food for pigeon breeders, when the existing scheme comes to an end and when he will be able to announce details of the new scheme.

Dr. Summerskill

Full discussions have taken place with representatives of the homing unions who have now agreed the new scheme in principle. It will start in September next when the existing scheme ends. Full details will be announced in good time.

Colonel Hutchison

Will the hon. Lady gay whether the homing unions in fact comprise the Scottish component of the national pigeon fanciers? If not, will she make provision also for the Scottish fanciers?

Dr. Summerskill

We are quite prepared to make the same provision for the Scottish breeders.

Sir Ronald Ross

And for Northern Ireland?

Dr. Summerskill

And for Northern Ireland.

Mr. Jones

Will my hon. Friend say whether the tick beans which are now bought in the black market by these bird fanciers will be brought into the scheme, or whether they will continue to get that food where they can through the black market.

Dr. Summerskill

If my hon. Friend will tell me where anyone is dealing in the black market I shall be prepared to take action.