Mr. T. THOMSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade how many orders he has made under the Importation of Plumage (Prohibition) Act, 1921, admitting the importation of feathers under the Schedule; and, consequently, what are the only feathers that may be imported into this country as from 1st April, 1922?
§ Mr. BALDWIN
One Order has been made by the Board of Trade under the Act, namely, that published in the "Gazette" on 28th March adding the Rhea Rothschildi to the Schedule, which at the time of the passage of the Act only included African ostriches and eider ducks. In addition to these birds, and apart from the case of birds imported alive, the only plumage which can now be imported into the United Kingdom, except under licence of the Board of Trade, is that of birds ordinarily used in the United Kingdom as articles of diet.