HC Deb 07 February 1949 vol 461 c19W
97. Mr. Astor

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the number of wild swans being killed in the British Isles for food; and if he will take the necessary measures to protect these birds.

Mr. Younger

The number of swans killed is not known. As regards measures of protection my right hon. Friend is advised that proceedings can be taken, and have been successfully taken in the past, for the killing of swans, under Section 41 of the Malicious Damage Act, 1861. In addition certain measures of protection are available under the Wild Bird Protection Acts and local orders made under them.