HC Deb 25 July 1933 vol 280 c2419W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office the number and percentage of injuries as a result of accidents received by Army horses in 1931, 1932, and 1933, respectively, and the number and percentage of injuries received from other causes and their nature; whether he has any statement to make regarding the matter; and whether he will urge upon all concerned the necessity of reducing the percentage of injuries to Army horses?


The number of injuries to Army horses as a result of accidents is not recorded separately from the total number of injuries. For the years ending March, 1931, 1932 and 1933, the totals were 6,407, 5,905 and 5,652 respectively, representing 47.89 per cent., 44.30 per cent. and 36.90 per cent. of the strength. These totals include all abrasions, contusions and similar injuries, many of which are of a very minor character. I am of opinion that the care bestowed upon Army horses leaves nothing to be desired, and I am satisfied that there is no reason for taking the action suggested in the last part of the question.