HL Deb 12 December 1946 vol 144 cc910-1

had the following question on the Order Paper: To ask His Majesty's Government what efforts are being made to put into force the Plumage Act of 1921 which prohibits the import of plumage such as that of Birds of Paradise and Egrets, in an effort to prevent or discourage the cruelties perpetrated on these beautiful birds in the collection of such adornments; what instructions are given to the Customs Authorities on the subject, and what is the number of prosecutions and convictions under the Act in recent years.

The noble and learned Viscount said: My Lords, I should like to say to those of your Lordships who have been good enough to wait, in some cases on account of my question, that, in view of the hour, I think it would be better to postpone this question. I propose to put it down for Tuesday, January 28 next.


I am much obliged to the noble and learned Viscount for consulting the convenience of the House and also the convenience of the Government in deferring this question until a more convenient time next month.