HC Deb 12 September 1887 vol 321 cc270-1
MR. CAREW (Kildare, N.)

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, If he his aware that two of the sires selected at the recent Dublin Horse Show for the purpose of improving the breed of horses in Ireland are the property of Captain Davis, of Kilcock; that one of them, named "Condor," having proved worthless as a racer, was purchased by him at a "weeding out" sale in. this country for a small sum, and is, in the opinion of competent judges, calculated to injure rather than improve the breed of horses; and, if he will cause the selection to be cancelled, and another sire substituted?

MR. COX (Clare, E.)

asked, whether the right hon. Gentleman could state to the House the names of the Members of the Committees to be appointed to carry out the scheme for improving the breed of horses?


The selections are made by the Royal Dublin Society, assisted by local committees. I do not think that the hon. Gentleman will desire to know the names of the local committees at this stage. In reply to the first question put to me, I may say that I do not think the Government would be well advised—indeed, I doubt whether they have any right—to interfere with the Royal Dublin Society in the selection of the horses and bulls who are to receive prizes out of the £5,000. In any case, it is not the duty of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to take any steps in the matter. With regard to the particular case mentioned by the hon. Member, I have no knowledge whether his allegations are correct. But I may inform him that, to avoid every appearance of partiality, and at the same time to obtain the most competent judgment, the Royal Dublin Society, at their recent horse show, entrusted the selection of the prize stallions to three English judges of the highest experience. Prom all the information I have received I believe the show was a great success, and the selection of prize-winners has given general satisfaction.