HC Deb 17 March 1943 vol 387 c1160
13. Mr. Purbrick

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the larger bombs we now have available, he will arrange, at the first opportunity, for a heavy bomb to be dropped down the crater of Mount Vesuvius in order to make a practical test as to whether the disturbances created thereby will give rise to severe earthquakes and eruptions?

Sir A. Sinclair

All possible targets for our bombing attacks are carefully considered. It would not be in the public interest to say more.

Captain Strickland

Can the Minister give an assurance to the House that Bomber Command will not drop a "Purbrick" on this mountain?

Mr. Hannah

How can we be sure that the earthquake would be in the right place?