HC Deb 30 August 1887 vol 320 cc463-4
MR. MARK STEWART (Kirkcudbright)

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, If he can give the House any information as to the distribution of the £5,000 to be devoted to the encouragement of the breed of horses in Great Britain; how much of the said sum is to be given to Scotland, and what proportion to blood horses and those employed in agriculture; and, who will administer the fund in England and Scotland?


The scheme to which the hon. Member's Question refers has not yet reached a stage at which I can give him the particulars he asks for. What has happened is that Her Majesty has been pleased to promise that the sum at present given by her for the encouragement of horse-racing should with the exception of the cost of the Ascot Cup, the Curragh Whip, and some Colonial Plates, be diverted to the encouragement of horse-breeding. the Government will make up the £3,000 odd thus obtained to £5,000, upon the constitution of a Board, of which the Master of the Horse will be a member, to administer the fund. The composition of this Board is not yet decided upon; but it is proposed that it should include representatives of the Royal Agricultural Society and the Highland Society. The representation of the latter will, I hope, reassure the hon. Gentleman that Scotland will be duly considered.