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Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps and research he has taken to control the activities of pigeons on public buildings.

Is not the Minister aware that the damage caused by these birds to public buildings amounts to over £20 million a year? Will he consider an amendment to the Public Health Act 1936, or perhaps follow the example of the French and put the pigeons on the pill?

I shall consider the points the hon. Gentleman has put to me. In the meantime, I hope that he comes to no harm.