HC Deb 05 August 1912 vol 41 cc2692-4W

asked the Secretary for Scotland (1) if the Board of Agriculture for Scotland have in all cases in which they have engaged Highland pony stallions for service in the congested districts adhered to the rule that the stallion must be registered by the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, whether the stallion, Rory of the Hills, engaged for service in Ross-shire during 1912, complies with these Regulations; and (2) if he will state the rules which govern the inspection of Highland pony stallions which are hired by the Board of Agriculture in Scotland, and if in every case these stallions are inspected by a qualified veterinary surgeon?


I understand that the Board has not made any regulations on the subject referred to, but the practice is that such stallions should either be on the register of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, or should have been examined by a qualified veterinary surgeon. Owing, however, to the shortage of stallions, an exception was made to the practice in the case of Rory of the Hills, which I am informed is one of the best stallions obtainable. Though not registered, he had been inspected by an official of the Board.