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Oral Answers to Questions — India (Surplus Army Horses).

– in the House of Commons on 7th February 1938.

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Mr. Harvey:

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what arrangements are being made in connection with the impending mechanisation of Indian cavalry regiments for the humane disposal of surplus army horses?

Photo of Captain Hon. Arthur Hope Captain Hon. Arthur Hope , Birmingham Aston

I have been asked to reply. Almost all the horses rendered surplus by the impending mechanisation of British cavalry regiments in India will be absorbed into other units of the regular Army in India. Orders have been issued that the few not so absorbed are to be disposed of, like horses cast for age in the normal course, only to persons who can be trusted to treat them properly. It may be taken for granted that these orders will apply also in any further mechanisation measures that may be decided on.

Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

As the mechanisation will apparently be carried out on a fairly large scale, and it seems quite possible that the horses will not all be disposed of by ordinary sale and purchase, can my hon. and gallant Friend assure the House that horses which cannot be absorbed will be painlessly destroyed?

Photo of Captain Hon. Arthur Hope Captain Hon. Arthur Hope , Birmingham Aston

Yes, Sir, I think I can give that assurance.