HC Deb 17 March 1947 vol 435 cc31-2W
Mr. Crawley

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many racehorses and trotters are being kept in the British zone; how often they are raced; and what efforts have been made to sell them.

Mr. J. Hynd

Nine hundred and sixty-nine racehorses and 500 trotting horses are receiving fodder rations in the British Zone of Germany. Since racing began in September, 1946, two flat meetings and 26 trotting meetings have been held. Authorisation has so far been given for 17 flat meetings to take place in 1947 in Land Niedersachsen and for trotting meetings to be held each Sunday at Gelsenkirchen, in Land Nord-Rhein-Westfalen, and at Hansestadt Hamburg One hundred and sixty-four race and trotting horses have been sold to the Soviet Zone and a small number to Poland. Attempts to sell to other countries have been unsuccessful.