HC Deb 27 July 1914 vol 65 c947W

asked the Secretary for War if he will ascertain and say whether lieutenants in Cavalry regiments are compelled by their commanding officers to keep more than two chargers; if so, whether the Government pays for the keep and forage of any horse beyond that number; if he will say whether the Government allowances of forage and keep are sufficient to maintain officers' chargers in good health and condition at all times of the year; and, if not, if he will ascertain the average extra monthly expense calculated for twelve months which lieutenants have to pay themselves for extra keep, forage, and shoeing for two chargers in the Cavalry regiments now stationed at Aldershot?


The answer to the first part of the question is that no such case is known; the second part therefore does not arise; the answer to the third and fourth parts is that the adequacy of the ration is under consideration. As regards shoeing, I am not aware that there is any extra expense, provided the chargers are used for purely military purposes.