§ Mr. Marlow
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the relevance of equestrian skills to the United Kingdom's professional Army.
§ Mr. Freeman
In my reply to a question from my hon. Friend on 27 February 1987, at columns212–13, I listed the corps and units holding Army horses. Those serving or likely to serve in those units require equestrian skills. In addition, encouraging participation in sporting activities is an important part of maintaining the well-being and physical efficiency of service personnel : equestrian skills are recognised as playing their part in this.