HC Deb 25 January 1937 vol 319 cc553-5
22. Mr. Ede

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been

dition of animals at the ports of embarkation and on the fittings of the vessels engaged in the transport of the animals. If any specific case of cruelty is brought to the attention of the Ministry, it will be investigated.

Sir William Davison

Has the Minister any reason to suppose that any infirm or worn-out horses are now exported to foreign ports for butchery or otherwise?

Mr. Morrison

The reports show that, on the whole, the regulations for the safe and humane treatment of these animals are being admirably observed.

Captain Heilgers

Are there any regulations for horses not sold for butchery on arrival, but sold for use in private service?

Mr. Morrison

The regulations for the export of animals apply to all animals irrespective of whatever their use on arrival at the port of destination.

21. Mr. Liddall

asked the Minister of Agriculture the number and value of the horses exported during 1936 to Belgium, Holland, and France, respectively?

Mr. Morrison

As the answer contains a number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

called to the report of the Select Committee on Commons, 1913; and whether, in view of the need for legislation on many points affecting common land, he will be able to introduce a Bill implementing the recommendations of that committee next Session?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

I am aware of the report referred to, but I am not in a position at present to make any statement as regards the introduction of legislation.

Mr. Ede

Will the right hon. Gentleman in his further consideration give attention to the number of commons which are rapidly becoming incapable of maintenance because of the building operations which have deprived land near them of common rights?

Mr. Morrison

In general I agree with the hon. Member as regards the desirability of legislation, but when that legislation can conveniently be introduced depends on a number of factors outside my control.

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