HC Deb 05 November 1993 vol 231 c505W
Dr. Strang

To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the horse population of the United Kingdom in each year since 1974.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

No official figures are available for the total equine population but the agricultural departments periodically collect information on horses kept on agricultural holdings. Figures for the years of collection after 1973 are shown in the table:

Horses and ponies on agricultural and horticultural holdings in the United Kingdom
Year '000 head1
1979 186
1983 2167
1990 2183
1992 2231
1993 3247
1 Figures include estimates for minor holdings for England and Wales but not for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
2 Excludes ponies in Northern Ireland.
3 Provisional.

Source: June census for each year.

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