HC Deb 31 March 1887 vol 313 cc52-3
MR. BURDETT-COUTTS (Westminster)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is true that 3,000 horses have been purchased in Canada for Artillery purposes by the Authorities of the War Office, and that these horses will be landed in the London Docks in the ensuing season; if so, whether he will be prepared to state at the proper time the total cost per head of such horses when landed, taking into account all losses from the time of purchase?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horn castle)

The statement quoted by my hon. Friend is not accurate. As I stated on a previous occasion, instructions have been given for the purchase of 300 horses in Canada, as an experiment, in the course of the present year. When they have all arrived a statement of their cost will be made out. I shall be glad to show it to my hon. Friend; but I must consider whether it can be made public.