HC Deb 10 July 1939 vol 349 cc1991-2

"The Minister shall—

  1. (a)as respects any land held on behalf of the Crown and appropriated for the use of the Minister for the purpose of carrying out experiments with explosives; or
  2. (b)as respects any other land which the Minister has the right to use for the said purpose,
have the same power of making bye-laws as is conferred on a Secretary of State as respects land appropriated for a military purpose or, as the case may be, as respects land which he has the right to use for such a purpose, and the provisions of the Military Lands Act, 1892, and the Military Lands Act, 1900, relating to bye-laws shall with the necessary modifications apply accordingly."

1.28 a.m.

Sir J. Anderson

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

This is a new Clause which, I think, carries its own justification. We have found in practice that it is not at all convenient having to wait until land available at Shoeburyness for the purpose of experiments with high explosives can be placed at our disposal for experiments we wish to carry out. We are in treaty to secure a suitable area of land on which we can carry out our own experiments and in the expectation that we shall succeed in obtaining that land we are seeking by this Clause by-law making powers similar in every respect to those possessed already by the military authorities.

Subsequent Lords Amendments to page 59, line 22, agreed to.