Horses (Sale).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 9th June 1942.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

asked the Secretary of State for War what contracts have been granted to a Mr. Christopher, of Lincoln, or a firm known as De Mulders, Doncaster, or Hermann Schapiro, Limited, Doncaster, to purchase Army horses in Doncaster, or elsewhere, which are aged or unfit for further Army service, what is the price paid for such animals; how were the contracts negotiated; and, in view of the fact that ex-Army horses are now yielding generous profits to horse slaughterers and butchers, he will offer such horses for sale by advertised or open tender, or attempt to secure prices equitably related to the wholesale prices for horseflesh now fixed by the Minister of Food?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The contracts with De Mulders and H. Schapiro were arranged by the General Officer Commanding, Northern Command, for the sale of carcases of horses which have died or been destroyed in military units in that Command. The conditions of the contract is that these carcases may not be resold for human consumption. It would be contrary to established practice to disclose contract prices. The contract with Mr. Christopher was placed by the Ministry of Supply.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Can my right hon. Friend assure us that the horses in question do not actually reach the horse-flesh butchers in the human consumption category; and is it not a well known fact in this particular trade that the new price lists issued by the Minister of Food mean that they are getting horses at £2 which are actually worth £10 in wholesale value immediately they come on to the market?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I think that, if my recollection is right, the contract in which the question of the sale for human consumption arises is placed by the Ministry of Supply.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

I believe you sell horses at £2 which are worth £10, and that is the trouble.