HC Deb 23 January 1941 vol 368 cc295-6
36. Mr. Lipson

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the suggestion that the Grand National should be held in Cheltenham this year; and whether as events of this kind involve the use of a great deal of petrol, railway transport and labour, and the assembling of a large crowd, and are difficult to reconcile with the serious nature of the struggle in which the country is now engaged and the sacrifices so many are called upon to make, he will veto the holding of this race meeting for the duration of the war?

Mr. H. Morrison

This matter is at present under consideration, and I will communicate with the hon. Member as soon as a decision is reached.

Mr. Lipson

When is a decision likely to be reached?

Mr. Morrison

I hope, in about a week.

40. Mr. Leach

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider preventing the promoters of the Waterloo Cup hare-coursing meetings holding their usual function, as it is not in the national interests to allow such gatherings, involving as they do great cruelty, wastage of national effort in trapping hares for sport, maintaining dogs on milk and other much-wanted human food?

Mr. Morrison

I regret I have no power to intervene in this matter on the grounds suggested by my hon. Friend.

Mr. Leach

Is there no way of putting a stop to this cruel and filthy business?