HC Deb 14 January 1913 vol 46 cc1862-3

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the price of horses impressed for national service in time of war or emergency will be fixed by agreement between the owners and the Remount Department of the War Office or will be settled by the purchasing officers; and, if so settled, whether there will be any appellate tribunal competent to judge of the value of such animals?

Colonel SEELY

The price will be fixed by each purchaser appointed on mobilisation, on behalf of the War Office, according to his opinion of the market value prevailing at that time. The owner, if dissatisfied, has a right of appeal under Section 115 (4) Army Act to the County Court Judge, who shall determine, after hearing evidence produced, the amount to be paid.


Does the right hon. Gentleman consider the County Court Judge is an efficient tribunal to try such a question as this?

Colonel SEELY

It has long been the law that he should be the person to fix the price, and I think on the whole that probably justice will be done.


May I ask, is there any maximum price?

Colonel SEELY

There is none laid down in the actual contracts, but there will, of course, be a price beyond which we should not go.