HC Deb 15 July 1952 vol 503 cc1968-9
32. Commander Scott-Miller

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can now state the amount of metal scrap left lying at the ex-War Office ranges at Holme and Titchwell; and whether any steps have yet been taken towards its salvage.

Mr. Head

At both these sites there are two tank hulls and a small quantity of used anti-tank ammunition. It has proved impossible to salvage the two tank hulls at Titchwell owing to flooding by the sea. Removal of the remaining scrap is in hand.

Commander Scott-Miller

May I take it that the salvage of this material has now been handed over to the Ministry of Supply? May I also ask my right hon. Friend, in view of the fact that it has taken over five years for this much-needed scrap to be salvaged, whether he will make sure that there is no other War Office scrap lying around the country which might be salvaged in that way?

Mr. Head

We are doing our best to hand over all possible scrap to the Ministry of Supply for salvage. As a matter of fact, the salvage of this particular scrap was started some time ago, but was abandoned when the sea came in through the sea wall.