No worn-out or decrepit horses are exported from this country. The Ministry's Regulations, which are very strictly enforced, provide that all horses exported must be examined by the Ministry's veterinary inspectors and certified as being in every sense sound working horses.
Has the attention of the hon. Member been drawn to the statement made by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as to the treatment that is being meted out in France to these animals sent over for butchery, and will he make representations to France in regard to the matter?
In answer to the Supplementary question as to the treatment of horses in France, we have only jurisdiction on this side of the channel, but we take all steps possible to see that the export of horses is carried out under proper conditions. I do not think it is possible to do anything on the other side of the channel, but I will inquire.