§ MR. STANLEY LEIGHTON (Shropshire, Oswestry)
I beg to ask my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War a question of which I have given him private notice—namely, whether he has come to any decision as to Mr. Pelham's Report on the proposed rifle range at the New Forest?
§ *MR. E. STANHOPE
I have considered Mr. Pelham's Report on the New Forest range, and I have come to the conclusion, independently of any other consideration, that the peculiar circumstances of the New Forest render it practically impossible to compensate the commoners without further legislative process. If, therefore, it should be decided to proceed in another year with any site for a range in the Forest it will be submitted in the ordinary way for Parliamentary sanction. In the meantime, I will cause further inquiry to be made as to any possible alternative sites which have been or may be suggested.