HC Deb 22 March 1962 vol 656 cc60-1W
84. Mr. C. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the trapping of wild birds still continues on an extensive scale; and what steps he proposes to take to tighten up the present law on the subject.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The Protection of Birds Act, 1954, prohibits trapping except for the use of cage traps either by authorised persons to take birds listed in the Second Schedule or for the purpose of taking birds for ringing or examination before release. I have no evidence of any abuse of these provisions or of an increase in illegal trapping.