HC Deb 15 February 1900 vol 79 cc71-2
MR. M'CARTAN () Down, S.

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the fatal accident which happened to a yeoman or volunteer within the grounds of the Victoria Barracks, Belfast, on Wednesday last, the 7th inst.; whether he is aware that the soldier was put upon a vicious horse to submit to the test for horsemanship; that this horse bolted, unhorsed its rider, and then trampled over his body; and that the rider was afterwards removed to the general hospital, where he succumbed to the injuries sustained; whether lie will state the name and address of the rider; and whether, under the circumstances, steps will be taken not to employ vicious horses for i the fast riding tests.


I am afraid that the hon. Member has been completely misinformed. The horse in question was the quietest in the stables, and did not bolt. The man, James Baird, insisted that he was able to pass the test, though carefully warned beforehand, and was. promptly thrown. He was able to attend to his business on the same evening, and has enjoyed perfect health ever since. No horse has ever bolted during the tests.