§ 20. Sir Thomas Cook
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he has any statement to make with regard to the organisation of the carrier-pigeon service and the registration of suitable staff and pigeons in the event of emergency?
§ The Secretary of State for Air (Sir Kingsley Wood)
Yes, Sir. A comprehensive scheme has now been approved 459 for making full use of homing pigeon services in peace and war. The work of organisation on behalf of the Air Ministry is being undertaken by a committee representing the various bodies concerned, and will include the preparation of a register of owners in suitable localities who are willing to offer their services. A large number of applications from such owners has already been received. Full details of the scheme, which provides for annual grants to owners whose pigeons are accepted for the service of the Air Ministry, are being published to-day in a communiqué of which I will send my hon. Friend a copy.