HC Deb 07 June 1939 vol 348 cc431-2W
Dr. Guest

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the recommendations of the survey on the locust pest in Africa which has just been published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, he will inquire into the possibilities of more continuous investigation and control throughout the territories affected?

Mr. M. MacDonald

Investigations into the locust problem have indicated that the most promising results are likely to be achieved by the establishment of patrols and measures to check swarming at the permanent breeding grounds of the different species. Consultations are taking place with various Colonial Governments as to their co-operation in the projected establishment of international control schemes, as recommended by the Fifth International Locust Conference in Brussels last year; and I am hopeful that negotiations will shortly take place with other interested Governments with a view to the establishment of these schemes.