HC Deb 14 June 1920 vol 130 c907W

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that homing pigeons sent by carriage to be set at liberty in some distant part are now 24 hours longer on rail than was the case in 1914, and that this has a serious effect on the birds and the breeding of the same; if he is aware that these pigeons are charged at a higher rate than poultry for purposes of carriage; and whether he is prepared to give better facilities for the training of homing pigeons, in order to encourage a healthy pastime which was turned to such good account during the War?


I have had no representations on the subject dealt with in the first part of the question, but will certainly investigate any such instances which the hon. Member sends to me. As regards the charges for live homing pigeons, I think this will have to Wait until the general review of rates now being conducted is given effect to.