Racehorses (Feeding-Stuffs).

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 6th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Vernon Bartlett Mr Vernon Bartlett , Bridgwater

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the further drastic reductions in the supply of feeding-stuffs to poultry, he will further curtail the supply of feeding-stuffs to racehorses?

Photo of Mr Robert Hudson Mr Robert Hudson , Southport

The supply of feeding-stuffs for racehorses is limited by the number of horses in training for the permitted programme of racing. This season's programme is already very much restricted and it is not proposed to reduce it further.

Photo of Mr Vernon Bartlett Mr Vernon Bartlett , Bridgwater

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a great number of people, farmers and poultry keepers, are very seriously disturbed by this arrangement?

Photo of Mr Robert Hudson Mr Robert Hudson , Southport

The amount of feeding-stuffs consumed by racehorses is, as I have repeatedly stated, quite negligible. If it were distributed among poultry keepers, it would allow one month's balancer ration for one hen for one person out of every 300.