asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what arrangements are being made for wood-pigeon shoots this season.
During the coming weeks, concerted shoots against wood-pigeons can be very effective and I would urge farmers, landowners and shooting people generally to give all the support they can to clearance societies and other local bodies in the widespread shoots they are organising. Apart from many district and county-wide shoots throughout the country, the counties in East Anglia are combining on the 2nd and 3rd February for shooting over the whole region; neighbouring counties will be joining in. A special shooting day is to be organised in Yorkshire on the 2nd February, and in Shropshire a series of shoots has been arranged for Thursdays in February and early March. Other shoots are being organised throughout the country and particulars of these can be obtained from the Ministry's divisional offices, rabbit clearance societies, or local offices of the National Farmers' Union.