HC Deb 01 December 1953 vol 521 cc931-2
15. Mr. Speir

asked the Secretary of State for War, in view of the fatalities earlier this year, what search for unexploded missiles has recently been conducted in the Ridsdale area of Northumberland; and what was the result of such search.

Mr. Head

This is being done. So far nothing dangerous has been found, but the search is continuing.

Mr. Speir

Is the Minister aware that although this accident happened nearly seven months ago not only have two boys been killed, but a dog has been blown up and other missiles have been found in the area by other children? Should a search not have been conducted and completed by now?

Mr. Head

There are a number of cases of dangerous obstacles all over the country. We have only a limited number of personnel, and we have given certain priorities. This was started as quickly as possible, but we have concentrated to some extent on agricultural land.