Mr. De la Bère
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will draw the attention of the commandants in charge of Italian collaborators who work on the land to the practice, particularly prevalent in Norfolk, of these Italians in snaring wild birds; and whether, in view of the fact that the type of snare most commonly used is a cruel weapon con- 53W sisting of a bow with a double string, he will give instructions that this practice is to cease.
§ Sir T. Cook
asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware of complaints of cruelty to animals and birds by Italian prisoners of war in Norfolk; and will he take steps to terminate this practice.
§ Sir J. Grigg
Existing instructions forbid the use of snares by Italian prisoners of war and disciplinary action would be taken against any prisoners proved guilty of disobeying them. As far as I am aware no complaints have been made to camp commandants that they have been disobeyed.