HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 cc857-8W
Mr. Salt

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that some 700 horses, many of them hunters from well-kept stables, stationed with the Scottish Horse, Dunkeld, Perthshire, are tied up in an open field, without waterproof coverings, in a condition which amounts to cruelty, at the same time im-pairing their condition and value, and means hardship for the troopers who have to attend to them; and will he have suitable protection provided?

Sir V. Warrender

In the absence of covered accommodation, it was necessary that the horses of this regiment should remain in the open, but the suggestion of cruelty is not accepted. The general health of the horses, with some exceptions, has been reported as very satisfactory in the conditions prevailing. The erection of shelter has been authorised, but, as the regiment is moving, it will now be provided at their new location.