HC Deb 19 March 1940 vol 358 cc1818-9
81. Sir J. Lucas

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the desirability of economising in petrol as far as possible, he will consult with the Minister of Agriculture as to the adequacy of pre sent supplies of horses for transport in this country, and as to the desirability of maintaining a sufficient supply of horses for this purpose?

Mr. Bernays

I have no evidence of any serious shortage of horses for transport, and I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that the purposes for which horses can usefully be substituted for motor transport are limited and are not those which make the heaviest demands for liquid fuel. Any substantial increase in the number of horses available for transport in the near future would involve importation of horses and an increased demand for feeding-stuffs.