HC Deb 13 April 1943 vol 388 c1072W
Major Lyons

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport (1) the purposes for which his Department issued, or authorised, Statutory Rule and Order, 1943, No. 474;

(2) what distance limit is permitted to travel under Statutory Rule and Order, 1943, No. 474?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Horse racing is organised on a regional basis, meetings in the North being confined to horses trained north of the Trent, meetings in the South to horses trained in the South, and meetings at Newmarket to horses trained at Newmarket. Eight "Open" races, however, are also run at Newmarket, and any horses may be entered for them, wherever they are trained. These eight races are listed in the schedule to Statutory Rules and Orders, No. 474. To make it possible for horses to compete in these eight races, it was necessary to modify Order No. 1689, 1942, which prohibited the movement by rail of race horses to race meetings. The necessary modification was effected by Statutory Rule and Order No. 474. It will permit a horse to be moved by rail for any distance; but only when it has been entered to run in one of the eight "Open" races which I have mentioned.