Mr. E. HARVEY
asked the Secretary of State for War, whether his Department has considered proposals for an agreement to let the Carlton Barracks, Leeds, to a limited liability company for the purpose of rodeo exhibitions; whether he has considered the unsuitability of the limited space and the lack of suitable accommodation for the steers, the nuisance to the large numbers of people in the adjoining neighbourhood, and the widespread objection taken in Leeds to the holding of such an exhibition; and whether he will take steps to see that Government property is not used for this purpose?518W
§ Mr. WALSH
The matter had not been before me until my hon. Friend's question brought it to my notice, but I have now made inquiries, which however do not confirm the suggestions made in the question. I am informed that no local complaints have been received and that the animals will not be accommodated at Carlton barracks, but on a farm outside Leeds. The control of such an exhibition appears to be primarily a matter for the local authorities, and on the information before me, I am not in a position to intervene.