HC Deb 03 April 1952 vol 498 c1895
46. Sir H. Williams

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will consider the appointment of a committee to examine the problem of starlings, with a view to suitable steps being taken to reduce the damage done by these birds.

Mr. Nugent

A number of my right hon. and gallant Friend's colleagues are also concerned with this complex problem, and he will consult them and the Nature Conservancy about the most suitable procedure for examining it further.

Mr. Bell

Is not it a fact that many of the outbreaks of foot and mouth disease recently reported have been caused by migrant starlings?

Mr. Nugent

That is probably so.

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