HC Deb 26 June 1951 vol 489 cc1167-8
25. Mr. Goronwy Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware of the damage to property and disturbance to the population, particularly invalids, in Pwllheli, Caernarvonshire, caused by the heavy and prolonged firing from the artillery range in Tonfannau, Merioneth; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Strachey

I am aware that there have been complaints of disturbance and a few claims in respect of minor damage, though it is not altogether clear that this damage has been due to the gunfire. This season the gunfire is being kept in a more westerly direction than last year in order to reduce the possibility of blast effect at Pwllheli. Apart from this, as I informed my hon. Friend on 13th June, 1950, training requirements will not permit any modification of the firing.

Mr. Roberts

While thanking my right hon. Friend for this information, might I ask him if he is aware that damage was caused to houses in this area 12 months ago and has been the subject of claims in Western Command but that such claims have not been agreed to by the Command? Will he look at that aspect of the matter, as some of the sums involved are of a substantial character?

Mr. Strachey

Those are the claims, I understand, which are in dispute, and that is why it is important to have them settled one way or another.

Mr. Low

What is the distance between the camp at Pwllheli and Tonfannau?

Mr. Strachey

That is part of the material evidence; it is some 22 miles.