HC Deb 17 June 1931 vol 253 cc1733-4
37. Colonel HOWARD-BURY (for Viscount LYMINGTON)

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether In view of the disturbance to the residents which will be caused by the erection of the air target for bombing practice at Suddern Hill, Hampshire, he will cause the target to be removed and erected on a part of Salisbury Plain where the amenities are already spoilt?


The Noble Lord is perhaps under some misapprehension. There is no air bombing target on Suddern Hill nor is there any proposal for the erection of one. If, however, he is referring to the target on Easton Down in Wiltshire, which is about two miles from Suddern Hill, I would mention that the target is located within the War Office prohibited area at Porton. This air bombing range has been in use for the past four years. It may be added that efforts have been made to find a suitable alternative area that can be used for bombing practice by the Royal Air Force Squadrons stationed in the Salisbury Plain area, but without success.

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