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Unfit Army Horses (Sale)

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 17 June 1942

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asked the Minister of Supply what contracts to buy Army horses that are aged or unfit for further service and condemned by the veterinary officer has been granted to Mr. Christopher, of Lincoln; when was it negotiated; were tenders invited by public advertisement; and how the present contract price now compares with the control prices, wholesale, for horseflesh fixed by the Minister of Food?

A contract with Mr. Christopher, covering cast animals from No. 1 Reserve Veterinary Hospital, Doncaster, was placed by the Ministry of Supply, as agent for the War Office, on 25th April, 1941, as a result of competitive tenders invited from licensed slaughterers. The contract was reviewed and renewed on 1st November, 1941, and 1st February, 1942. The contract price for live animals is in line with the wholesale controlled prices.

Were other horseflesh dealers not given an opportunity of competing or tendering in February, 1942, along with Mr. Christopher?

Is it not reasonable to suggest that everybody in the trade should have an opportunity of tendering for what is a very profitable business to-day?

I should be glad to look into the matter, but transport and local conditions must be borne in mind in regard to this matter.

Is the Minister aware that Mr. Christopher, of Lincoln, carries out his trading operations in a highly satisfactory way?