Remount Department (Northern Command).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 20th April 1921.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Emil Pickering Lieut-Colonel Emil Pickering , Dewsbury

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the Remount Department of the Northern Command have failed to supply suitable horses for defence units; and will he see that officers of the Remount Department are given instructions as to the type of horse required for the Royal Artillery?

Photo of Mr Robert Sanders Mr Robert Sanders , Bridgwater

So far as I am aware, no complaint has been made of any failure in this respect. The officer of the Remount Department on the Headquarters Staff of the Northern Command is a retired Artillery Officer and well aware of the type of horse required for the artillery, as also are the other remount officers in the Command. If my hon. and gallant Friend will furnish me with particulars of any case he has in mind, I will have the matter inquired into.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Emil Pickering Lieut-Colonel Emil Pickering , Dewsbury

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that if the Army retains for a fortnight or three weeks some of the horses it has already got at 10s. a day it will have paid more in hire than the value of the horses?

Photo of Mr Robert Sanders Mr Robert Sanders , Bridgwater

I assure my hon. and gallant Friend that I shall have the matter inquired into, and I shall mention his proposition to those concerned.