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Birds (Public Health)

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will specify the apparent danger to public health and the location, caused by feral pigeons, house sparrows, herring gulls and starlings for which licences to kill the birds were granted in 1984 and 1985.

I have been asked to reply.Feral pigeons, house sparrows, starlings and herring gulls can carry bacterial diseases transmissible to humans.Licences to kill these species were issued in the areas set out in my reply to the hon. Member of 25 April at column 544. In view of the large numbers of licences involved, it is not practicable to list every location.