HC Deb 28 February 1921 vol 138 cc1421-2

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the, widespread uneasiness as to the conditions under which the Continental traffic in worn-out horses is being carried on, he would take steps to secure an independent report upon the manner in which the Regulations contained in the Exportation of Horses Act, 1914, and the Horses (Importation and Transit) Order of 1913 are being carried out?


Various societies, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals, the Dumb Friends League, the National Equine Defence League, and other individual animal lovers, keep the Ministry well supplied with independent reports upon the way in which the Exportation of Horses Act of 1914 and the Horses (Importation and Transit) Order of 1913 are administered by the Ministry's officers. This week letters of introduction have been given to representatives of the National Equine Defence League and the "Daily News," which will enable them to examine the horses awaiting shipment at any port they may select, and to travel by any steamer on any day or time they choose. I should be glad if the hon. and gallant Member will examine personally the evidence the Ministry of Agriculture can lay before him as to the manner in which the Act is administered.