HC Deb 21 June 1951 vol 489 c69W
52. Mr. Renton

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the famous and hardy breed of Dartmoor pony is fast becoming extinct as a pure breed, through horses and ponies of other breeds being allowed on to Dartmoor; and what steps he will take to ensure the preservation of the breed of Dartmoor ponies in the wild state.

Mr. T. Williams

I am aware that some inter-breeding of Dartmoor ponies with ponies of other breeds is occurring among animals living on Dartmoor, but I have no powers that would enable me to prohibit owners of horses or ponies of such other breeds from allowing their animals to be on the moor, nor do I think it necessary to seek such powers.