HC Deb 10 July 1946 vol 425 c370
11. Colonel Sir Charles MacAndrew

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware that hundreds of mines have been washed ashore at Scalpsie Bay on the coast of Bute; what is the reason for this; and are other shores on the Firth of Clyde likely to suffer in the same way.

Mr. Dugdale

Yes, Sir, but Naval mines are not involved. The mines being washed ashore, amongst other explosive matter, are Army mines. So far as is known, explosives are coming ashore from a sunken ship which is breaking up. Other shores on the Firth of Clyde are suffering in the same way. The Army authorities of Scottish Command are dealing with the situation.

Sir C. MacAndrew

How long is this menace likely to go on?

Mr. Dugdale

I am assured that it will be dealt with very expeditiously by the Army authorities.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

In view of the fact that this is the holiday month in Scotland, will the Minister give instructions immediately for this matter to be cleared up as fast as possible?

Mr. Dugdale

I will bring the matter to the notice of the Secretary of State for War.

Mr. Pritt

Could not the hon. Gentleman arrange for a number of high Army officers on leave to spend their holidays there?