HC Deb 22 October 1946 vol 427 cc1462-3
33. Mr. Sidney Shephard

asked the Secretary of State for War what progress has been made in the removal of ammunition from Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire; and when it is proposed to derequisition the estate.

Mr. Bellenger

As was made clear in reply to a previous Question by the hon. Member, this is only part of a very much larger problem. We are, however, doing our best to clear a part of the Clumber estate by next summer.

Mr. Shephard

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his answer will cause great dissatisfaction among the local constituents?

Mr. Bellenger

No, Sir. The Clumber estate happens to be in my constituency, and I think I know the feelings of my constituents.

35. Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary of State for War how many shelters containing ammunition on roadside verges have been removed during the last six months; and what are the present numbers of shelters containing ammunition that remain on roadside verges.

Mr. Bellenger

About 10,000 of these shelters have been removed in the last six months. Some 50,000 still remain, some of them on roads partially closed to the public.

Mr. Turton

Will the Minister bear in mind that the roads in the North Riding have had nothing like that proportion removed, and will he see that the North Riding of Yorkshire gets fair treatment as compared with other counties?

Mr. Bellenger

Yes, Sir.

Lieut.-Colonel Corbett

Will the Minister give an undertaking that the shelters will be removed from fields before they are removed from roadside verges?

Mr. Bellenger

I am bound to have some order of priority in these matters.

Mr. Sorensen

Do the shelters that re main still contain live ammunition?

Mr. Bellenger

No, Sir, not all of them contain live ammunition; that is to say, the ammunition is not fused.