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Transit Of Horses Order

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 28 October 1954

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asked the Minister of Agriculture how many officials, and with what frequency, inspect horses at Maiden Lane Station, London, under the Transit of Horses Order; and what arrangements have been made with British Transport Commission Police regarding enforcement of this order on the railways generally and prosecution in cases of violation.

Maiden Lane Station is visited every weekday by an inspector of the London County Council in connection with the enforcement of the Transit of Horses Order and other Orders under the Diseases of Animals Act and by my veterinary inspectors about twice a month. I understand from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation that the British Transport Commission police, while not responsible for the enforcement of the Order, are fully instructed on its requirements for the carriage of livestock, including horses. Prosecutions under the Order would normally be instituted by the local authority.