HC Deb 13 May 1914 vol 62 cc1096-7
57. Mr. WHELER

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the damage done to property in Sheerness by the firing of the guns of the Ravelin Battery at Sheerness last week; and whether any arrangement has been come to to compensate those whose property was damaged?


The general position in regard to these cases is as I stated it on Monday in reply to the hon. Member for South-West Ham. I am investigating what took place on the occasion mentioned in the question.


May I ask if it is the fact that only three-quarter charges were used in those guns, and if the damage was so serious with only a three-quarter charge, would it not be advisable to consider the whole situation of the battery with a view to considering some other scheme of fortification?


I believe it is true that three-quarter charges were used, but the War Office has not yet been informed of the nature of the damage.