§ 46. Mr. Keeling
asked the Minister of Defence in which of the areas proposed for National Parks and nature reserves it is proposed to carry out training or experiments; what proportion of each area will be so encroached upon; and from what proportion of each area will the public be excluded.
§ Mr. Simmons (Lord of the Treasury)
I have been asked to reply. I will, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT details of those areas which are affected by the proposals of the Admiralty, the Air Ministry and the Ministry of Supply. In the case of the War Office it may take a little time to prepare the necessary statement, but I will arrange for such information as can be given to be published in the OFFICIAL REPORT as soon as is practicable.
§ Mr. Simmons
I suggest that the hon. Gentleman awaits publication of the Report, and then puts another Question.
§ Mr. Keeling
That is exactly what I do not want to do; I want it published altogether, not in driblets.
§ Mr. Henderson Stewart
Can the hon. Gentleman say whether any of the areas which will be so used are in Scotland?
|—||Total Area (acres).||Area Used For Training or Experiments (acres).||Public Entry.||Department.|
|Dartmoor||250,880||12,000||3,000 acres open||Admiralty.|
|North Yorkshire Moors.||392,960||820||Open except when training is in progress.||Air Ministry.|
|Lake District||570,880||350||Access to 50 acres on the shore, in the evening and at weekends.||Ministry of Supply.|
|CONSERVATION AREAS, SCIENTIFIC AREAS AND NATURE RESERVES.|
|—||Area Used For Training or Experiments.||Public Entry.||Department.|
|Anglesey Coast||617||Open except when training is in progress.||Air Ministry.|
|Artro Valley||†*507||Closed||Air Ministry.|
|1,981||Open except when training is in progress.|
|Cannock Chase||395||Open||Ministry of Supply. ‡|
|Cardigan Coast||279||Closed||Ministry of Supply.|
|Castor Hanglands||395||Open except when trainings in progress.||Air Ministry.|
|Cornish Coast||†*2,493||Closed||Air Ministry.|
|Denbigh Moors||1,750||Closed for not more than 60 days a year.||Ministry of Supply.|
|407||Open except when training is in progress.||Air Ministry.|
|Hampshire Downs||*690||Closed||Air Ministry.|
|Malvern Hills||161||Closed||Ministry of Supply.|
|Marlborough and||*2,677||Closed||Air Ministry.|
|Berkshire Downs.||720||Open except when training is in progress.|
|3,118||1,170 acres closed, remainder open except when firing or trials in progress.||Ministry of Supply.|
|Morth Downs||*748||Closed||Air Ministry.|
|266||Closed||Ministry of Supply.|
|Suffolk Coast||†2,500||290 acres open except when training is in progress.||Air Ministry.§|
|Whittlesey||650||Open except when training is in progress.||Air Ministry.|
|† Part only within conservations area, etc|
|‡ Joint use with War Office.|
|§ Part joint use with Ministry of Supply|
§ Mr. Emrys Roberts
Will the Report make it clear that a large part of North Wales which has been allocated as a national park is to be taken over as a military training ground.
§ Following are the details referred to: