HC Deb 13 May 1895 vol 33 c1055
MR. J. C. MACDONA (Southwark, Rotherhithe)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he is aware that, in the Chancery Division on 8th inst., Mr. Justice Homer, in the case of Putney Burial Board v. Balfour and others, granted an injunction against the 100 and 300 yards ranges being used for rifle practice on Wimbledon Common on account of the danger to life of persons occupied in or attending funerals in Putney Cemetery? and, whether, this being so, he will bring to the notice of the War Office the advisability of doing away with the shooting on the 200 yards range as dangerous to the lives of the inhabitants and others frequenting Wimbledon Common?


The military authorities carefully inquired last year into the safety of the Wimbledon ranges, with the result that the short ranges were found to be capable of being safely used. The judgment referred to by the hon. Member, in so far as it touches the question, confirms the view that the 200 yards range is free from danger, and under the circumstances I do not see any necessity for stopping firing at that range.

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