12. Brigadier-General BROWN
(for Major CARVER) asked the Minister of Agriculture to what extent his Department concerns itself with the maintenance and development of the British light-horse breeding industry; and what sums have been allocated by him for this purpose during the current financial year?
§ Mr. WOMERSLEY (Lord of the Treasury)
I have been asked to reply. My hon. and gallant Friend is probably aware that grants for the encouragement of light-horse breeding in this country were made by the War Office in recent years, but were discontinued last year on grounds of economy. Representations were then made to my right hon. and gallant Friend that provision for such grants should be made on the Vote of the Ministry, but after careful consideration he came to the conclusion that within the financial resources at his disposal it was not possible to make any such provision for the current financial year.
Would it not be possible for grants to light-horse breeding societies to be made out of the totalisators?
§ Mr. WOMERSLEY
The whole of this matter will have to be carefully considered, and my right hon. and gallant Friend is taking the whole matter into close consideration.