HC Deb 22 February 1934 vol 286 cc522-3W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he will ensure that in future information is obtained as to whether or not remounts purchased for the Army in Northern Ireland came originally from the Irish Free State; and whether he will give instructions that the purchase of horses from elsewhere than in Great Britain and Northern Ireland is to be discouraged, in order that the latter may be self-supporting so far as the supply of Army horses is concerned at the earliest opportunity?


I do not think that it would be practicable for the War Office to take any effective steps to ascertain the origin of remounts purchased in Northern Ireland. It is the policy of the Department to buy as many horses as possible in the United Kingdom and also to keep in touch with the Irish Free State market, which provides an especially suitable remount of the light draught type.