HC Deb 13 May 1948 vol 450 c234W
65. Mr. Palmer

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that 16 wild animals, value£2,300 approximately, died during a sea voyage from East Africa to Glasgow last month and four after their arrival in this country; and whether he will refuse to issue further licences for the importation of animals for circus and menagerie purposes.

Mr. H. Wilson

I assume my hon. Friend is referring to certain recent Press reports. Live animals are imported from Empire sources under an open general licence. Individual licences to import them for circus or menagerie purposes from other countries are not granted.