HC Deb 06 November 1934 vol 293 c818
34. Lieut.-Colonel ACLAND-TROYTE

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office the number of Army horses sold in Egypt after the War; whether he can give any estimate of the numbers still alive in that country; and whether he will consider including a small grant in his Estimates for next year in order that these horses may be purchased and put out of their misery?


In the six years 1919 to 1924, approximately 11,000 Army horses were sold in Egypt and Palestine; but I have no means of estimating the number still alive. I regret that Army funds could not be expended on their repurchase, but grants have been made from time to time from non-public funds at the disposal of the Army Council to a private society, the Old War Horse Fund, Cairo, which deals with this matter.


Would my right hon. Friend agree that this is unworthy treatment to mete out to the creatures that helped us to win the War?


I am only prepared to deal with the position as I find it, and I imagine that very few of these horses are alive now.