HC Deb 15 November 1917 vol 99 cc566-7
53. Mr. G. LAMBERT

asked the Prime Minister whether he will prohibit horse racing in the United Kingdom, as contrary to the sentiment of the country in this crisis of its destinies?


The Prime Minister has asked me to answer this question. Strong representations were made last year that a certain amount of horse racing was very desirable, in the interests of the horsebreeding industry, and in consequence objection has not been taken to a limited number of race meetings, provided it is possible for them to take place without interference with essential needs.


How many race meetings have been authorised or allowed by the Government?


I could not say without notice.

Sir J. D. REES

Would it be contrary to the sentiment of the country to maintain not the least of its important industries even at the present time?


There are other more essential industries.

General CROFT

Will the hon. Member give an undertaking that no legitimate sports and recreations of the people unless they interfere with the War will be stopped?

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