HC Deb 01 March 1915 vol 70 cc559-60
86. Sir W. BYLES

asked what proportion of the horses purchased by the Government for the present War have been cast because found unsuitable; and what has been the percentage of deaths among the horses still retained in this country?


The proportion of horses cast as unsuitable has been under 1 per cent. The loss from deaths and destructions of horses retained in this country amounts to less than 2 per cent. per month, and having regard to the large numbers now being imported and sent overseas, and to the fact that all sick horses are left in this country, the percentage is not considered high.