40. Miss Ward
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will circularise local authorities to the effect that, whenever slum clearance schemes are undertaken, local authorities should confer with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to ensure that humane and adequate arrangements are made for the number of cats and other animals who may otherwise be discarded and left to die.
§ Mr. H. Macmillan
I find that some local authorities used before the war to notify the R.S.P.C.A. when an area was about to be cleared in order that the Society might take care of any stray animals. I think this is an arrangement which might be adopted generally.
While thanking my right hon. Friend for his answer, which will give great satisfaction to people very distressed at what has happened on Tyneside, may I ask whether he will ensure that any further scheme shall be followed out in accordance with the advice he has already announced?
§ Captain Orr
Will my right hon. Friend consult with the Assistant Postmaster-General regarding the possibility of employing these animals at the Post Office.