HC Deb 03 March 1910 vol 14 cc961-2
Captain COOPER

asked the Chief Secretary if he is in a position to state how many horses were purchased in Ireland by foreign Governments for military purposes during the year 1909?


The numbers of horses exported from Ireland—viâ Great Britain—to foreign countries in the year 1909 were as follows:—Through Belgian, Dutch, and German ports, 2,723; through French ports, 1,420; through Danish, Swedish, and Russian ports, 103; through American, 11; and for Switzerland, 160. Total, 4,417. The Department of Agriculture have no official information as to the number of these horses purchased by foreign Governments for military purposes, but it is assumed that the majority of them were bought for those purposes.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say what age those horses that are exported usually are?


I am afraid I must have notice of that.