HC Deb 20 April 1948 vol 449 c1622
39. Mrs. Middleton

asked the Secretary of State for War what quantity of petrol has been consumed and what Service and civilian labour employed in conveying turfs from Dartmoor and Coypool to Crown Hill Barracks for the purpose of making a lawn; during what hours the men have been engaged on this work; and what extra remuneration was paid to both Service and civilian personnel who were engaged on the job during their free hours.

Mr. Shinwell

No extra petrol has been consumed for this purpose. The turf, which had to be removed in the course of constructional work at Coypool, has been carried in the same vehicle as the soldiers and others employed on the constructional work when they are transported back to Plumer Barracks, where they live. The work of making the lawn has been carried out by men at the barracks in their spare time.

Mrs. Middleton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the information he has given, which directly negatives certain local rumours, will be warmly welcomed in the locality?