§ 18. Mr. LOUIS SMITH
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the hardship caused to summer visitors, including camps of boy scouts, girl guides and Children's Fresh Air Fund parties, by the determination of the Air Ministry to close the sands north of Mablethorpe for the purpose of bombing and machine gunning during the whole of the year, with the exception of bank holidays and Saturdays, but including July and August, he will relax the restrictions during the two months?
§ Mr. WOMERSLEY (Lord of the Treasury)
I am in full sympathy with what my hon. Friend has in mind, and, although I am unable at this stage to give him any specific undertaking, he may rest assured that not only will every endeavour he made throughout, consistent with service requirements, to avoid interference with the normal amenities of visitors to the district, but that the considerations applicable to the months of July and August will be specially borne in mind.
§ Mr. SMITH
As this particular area is used by such a large number of people from the industrial areas of Lancashire and South Yorkshire, including my constituency of Sheffield, as an haven of rest and playground for children, would my hon. Friend, if he is unable to relax the restrictions for the whole of the two months, give further consideration to relaxing them for a considerable part of that period?
§ Mr. WOMERSLEY
I can assure my hon. Friend that I will convey the substance of his supplementary question to the Secretary of State, and I am satisfied that he will give the matter full consideration.