HC Deb 27 November 1941 vol 376 c883
50 and 51. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) how many mares, geldings and horses there are in training under National Hunt Rules for which rations have been granted; (2) whether he will take steps to secure from Messrs. Weatherby a monthly return of the number of horses in training under National Hunt Rules?

Mr. Hudson

A monthly return of horses in training under National Hunt Rules is already furnished to my Department by Messrs. Weatherby, and this constitutes the basis on which rations are allowed. The numbers rationed for November were 100 mares, 525 geldings and 102 horses.

Sir. W. Smithers

In view of the paramount need of maintaining the milk supply, is it necessary to issue rations to these mares and geldings, rations which might, and should, be used for the further production of milk?

Mr. Hudson

As I have explained on numerous occasions, the total amount consumed by these horses is negligible in relation to our total supplies.