HC Deb 18 March 1940 vol 358 cc1623-4
20. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Minister of Agriculture, in connection with the grant to heavy-horse breeding, the number of stallions in use and the number of mares served during the past three seasons; and whether he has formed any estimate of the reduction in the number of mares who will be served if the decision to withdraw the heavy-horse grant is proceeded with?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

The number of stallions hired by heavy-horse societies in receipt of grants in respect of the 1937, 1938 and 1939 seasons was 200, 212 and 204, respectively; and the number of mares served was 19,323, 19,492 and 16,953, respectively. With regard to the last part of the Question, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply given to him on 14th March.

Sir J. Lucas

In view of the very small amount of money involved, can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say that this grant will not be withdrawn?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

No, Sir, I am afraid I cannot.

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