§ Colonel WALKER
asked the President of the Board of Agriculture the number of horses exported to the Continent for slaughter, and the number rejected by the inspector, in the months of January, February, and March, 1913, and the corresponding months of 1914 up to date, giving each month separately?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The Board have no means of ascertaining the number of horses exported for slaughter. The following table shows the number of horses exported with veterinary certificates under Section 1 of the Diseases of Animals Act, 1910, and the number rejected by the Board's inspectors under that Act, during each of the months mentioned in the question:—
Month. 1913. 1914. No. shipped with veterinary certificates. Total number rejected. No. shipped with veterinary certificates. Total number rejected. January 6,042 128 6,186 226 February 5,032 107 4,826 139 March 4,581 91 4,659 147 Total 15,655 326 15,671 512