Unfit Army Horses (Sale).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 17th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

asked the Minister of Supply what contracts to buy Army horses that are aged or unfit for further service and condemned by the veterinary officer has been granted to Mr. Christopher, of Lincoln; when was it negotiated; were tenders invited by public advertisement; and how the present contract price now compares with the control prices, wholesale, for horseflesh fixed by the Minister of Food?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

A contract with Mr. Christopher, covering cast animals from No. 1 Reserve Veterinary Hospital, Doncaster, was placed by the Ministry of Supply, as agent for the War Office, on 25th April, 1941, as a result of competitive tenders invited from licensed slaughterers. The contract was reviewed and renewed on 1st November, 1941, and 1st February, 1942. The contract price for live animals is in line with the wholesale controlled prices.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Were other horseflesh dealers not given an opportunity of competing or tendering in February, 1942, along with Mr. Christopher?

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Is it not reasonable to suggest that everybody in the trade should have an opportunity of tendering for what is a very profitable business to-day?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

I should be glad to look into the matter, but transport and local conditions must be borne in mind in regard to this matter.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Small traders in the area cannot even buy a horse, or horseflesh.

Photo of Sir Walter Liddall Sir Walter Liddall , Lincoln

Is the Minister aware that Mr. Christopher, of Lincoln, carries out his trading operations in a highly satisfactory way?