HC Deb 24 July 1967 vol 751 c24
4. Mr. Tilney

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what action he is taking to prevent the fouling of public buildings in the Whitehall area by pigeons and starlings.

Mr. Prentice

Where the birds are such a nuisance as to warrant the expense, sills and ledges on public buildings are treated from time to time with plastic compound which repels them.

Mr. Tilney

Though some people in some parts of London seem to be resorting to the use of poison bait, will the right hon. Gentleman have a look at the great success of the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool which stopped this menace by the use of virtually invisible netting?

Mr. Prentice

I will consider this. I am advised that the material to which I referred is effective. It repels the birds by a sense of insecurity on landing. It seems to work fairly well. However, I am always willing to consider other ideas.