HC Deb 06 December 1967 vol 755 c1429
20. Mr. Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress he has to report on research into the destruction of wood pigeons; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Buchan

Following research and experiments undertaken by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the use of stupefying baits against wood pigeons, which have achieved encouraging results, arrangements are being made to hold a field trial in Scotland in the spring of 1968. It is proposed to license selected farmers to carry out the operations themselves under the general supervision of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland.

Mr. Baker

I welcome that reply. Will the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that the areas of the North-East of Scotland will be allocated a certain degree of bait because of the prevalence of the problem, particularly in Banff?

Mr. Buchan

We are considering a trial in spring, 1968. I cannot yet say where it will be. Other areas are interested—for example, the Borders. But, of course, wherever it is held, if the results are successful we shall not deprive the hon. Gentleman's constituency of its advantages.

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