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Horses Unfit For Military Purposes

Volume 66: debated on Wednesday 26 August 1914

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the Remount Department is at present not authorised to dispose of horses and transport bought during mobilisation and which prove unsuitable for military purposes; whether such horses and transport can now only be got rid of by the regiments to which they are allotted after a board of officers has condemned them and ordered their destruction; and whether, to avoid such waste of public money and to relieve the inconvenience caused by the general commandeering of means of transport, provision may be made for the sale by auction or otherwise by the Remount Department of any such unsuitable horses and transport bought during mobilisation?

I am informed that the facts are not as stated in the question. Horses found unfit for any military purpose are being disposed of in the usual way.