HC Deb 12 October 1939 vol 352 c527W
Major Carver

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the limited supply in this country at the present time of light and heavy draught-horses; and what steps he proposes to take to stimulate horse-breeding in order to ensure that this shortage will not persist?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The increased demand for draught horses at the present time is presumably due mainly to the restrictions on the consumption of petrol, and the present war-time shortage could not be met by special steps to encourage horse-breeding.