HC Deb 14 March 1895 vol 31 cc1049-50
Mr. A. M. BROOKFIELD (Sussex, Rye)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether, with reference to the proposed manœuvres in the New Forest, the authorities are aware of the prevalence of an insect called "Forest Fly,'' which is extremely irritating to horses; and whether he has observed that, the records of the Blandford Autumn Manœuvres of 1872 confirm the view that it is undesirable to picket out large numbers of horses in any district where the "Forest Fly" prevails.


The records of the Blandford Manœuvres of 1872 do not refer to the "Forest Fly." I have caused inquiries to be made on the subject, and it is reported that, subject to proper precautions being adopted, the prevalence of the fly is not a sufficient reason for manœuvres not taking place in the New Forest.