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Light-Horse Breeding, Scotland

Volume 148: debated on Wednesday 9 November 1921

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asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that the scheme for the encouragement of light-horse breeding promoted by the Board of Agriculture has been a great success in Aberdeenshire and that much regret is felt at the Board's decision to discontinue the scheme; and whether he can see his way to continue the scheme in those counties which have interested themselves in and supported the scheme?

While the scheme for the encouragement of light-horse breeding has received more support in Aberdeenshire than in several other counties, the facts before my right hon. Friend are not such as to show that the scheme in that county has been even moderately successful. He is aware that regret is felt in certain quarters at the decision to discontinue the scheme, but unless substantial contributions are forthcoming from local and other sources he is not prepared to reconsider the question of continuing the scheme.