§ MR. HARDY
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether general instructions have been given to generals commanding districts to substitute peat moss litter for straw for litter for the artillery and cavalry horses; whether this applies equally to districts which have within easy reach a plentiful supply of home-grown straw; and whether any economy thus obtained is not neutralised by the necessity of increasing the allowance of oats to the horses in substitution for the straw.
§ MR. BROMLEY DAVENPORT
Instructions have been given to General Officers Commanding to substitute peat moss litter for straw as bedding for Army horses at the principal military stations, where the supply of peat moss is more economical than that of straw, according to the respective scales of issue. The instructions given apply equally to all districts concerned; the cost involved being the determining factor as to whether peat moss litter or straw should be used for horse bedding. It is not anticipated that the economy thus obtained will be neutralised by any necessity for increasing the allowance of oats in substitution for the straw.
§ [No Answer was returned.]