asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will state the cost of horse supply per year for the various armies of France, Germany, Austria, and Italy; and whether he will appoint a Committee to inquire into the supply for the British Army?
§ Mr. HALDANE
The figures, which are as follows, include expenditure on remount establishments but exclude sums spent on horse breeding. Complete figures for the latter are not available, but such information as is procurable was given in reply to a question put by the hon. Member for the Blackpool Division of Lancashire on 15th October last:—
France … £783,399 Estimate 1909 Germany … 808,000 Estimate 1908 Austria … 464,821 Estimate 1909 Italy … 208,000 Estimate 1908–09
As regards the second part of the question, the matter is being carefully considered, and I do not propose to appoint a committee