HC Deb 16 November 1926 vol 199 cc1659-60
7. Viscount SANDON

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the safety limits for rifle and gun shooting are accurately tested before a range is set up; whether a fair margin is allowed; and whether, if so, he will state how the recent accident to the Dover-Ostend boat arose?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Sir Laming Worthington-Evans)

Yes, Sir But in the case of seaward ranges the question of the speed at which boats approach the area arises and the recent regrettable accident suggests that there was not sufficient allowance made for this factor on the Fanhole Range at Dover. It is for this reason that, as I have already stated, the range has been temporarily closed.