§ Sir A. Bossom
asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made with the research to be undertaken by his Department on the problem of damage by birds to fruit tree buds.
The birds that do most damage appear to be the bullfinch and the house sparrow. Investigations into the use of scaring devices and chemical repellants have met with little success so far, but are continuing. Studies of the behaviour of the birds are now being made in the hope of finding better methods of control.