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Horses (Export).

Oral Answers to Questions — Poor Law. – in the House of Commons on 25th March 1926.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has recently received any information as to the conditions under which decrepit horses are exported; and, in view of the continued agitation, can he make a statement on the matter?

Mr. GUINNESS:

The Departmental Committee which reported on the 31st July, 1925, stated that they were satisfied that no horse which could be described as decrepit has been passed for export by the port inspect ors since the reorganisation of the Ministry's arrangements in 1921, and that the provisions of the Acts of 1910 and 1914 are being efficiently carried out. I am satisfied that this continues to be the case, and I will see that the standard required by the Regulations is fully maintained.

Photo of Captain Robert Gee Captain Robert Gee , Bosworth

Will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to warn the public that There is no necessity to give funds to these bogus societies?

Mr. GUINNESS:

I think it is realised since the issue of the Report that horses are not allowed to be exported unless they are fit to travel and work without suffering, and there are many horses working on our streets that do not come up to the standard for export.