HC Deb 25 February 1966 vol 725 cc154-5W
Mr. Hooson

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many horses are maintained in the Armed Forces; what is the annual cost of maintenance of these horses; what is the annual cost of replacement; and what is their military significance.

Mr. Reynolds

About 675, most of them by the Army. The annual cost of military and civilian personnel wholly engaged in their care and training is £80,000; their forage costs £60,000, their shoes, harnessing and other equipment £18,000; and it costs £17,000 a year to replace them.

More than 400 of the horses are used for ceremonial, mostly in London, and 130 for equitation and remount; the rest are used for transport, police duties and patrolling.