HC Deb 17 June 1948 vol 452 cc84-5W
94. Mr. Hale

asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the number of horses imported from Eire into this country during six months to a recent convenient date, for the purpose of slaughter

Mr. G. Brown

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Lipson) on 26th May.

95. Mr. Hale

asked the Minister of Agriculture what reports he has had as to the treatment of horses in this country which have been imported for the purpose of slaughter; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. G. Brown

I have received no recent reports about cruelty to horses imported for slaughter but I have seen an article in a Sunday newspaper alleging that certain imported horses were cruelly treated. Inquiries I have had made do not support these allegations. Cases of cruelty to horses can be dealt with under the Protection of Animals Act, 1911, with which my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary is concerned, and the Slaughter of Animals Act, 1933, which it is the duty of local authorities to enforce. My responsibility is limited to the treatment of animals while they are in transit.