HC Deb 15 June 1954 vol 528 cc1747-8
Sir D. Savory (by Private Notice)

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has a statement to make on the raid carried out on Saturday, 12th June, at 2.30 p.m., at the Gough Barracks, Armagh.

Mr. Head

Yes, Sir. On 12th June about 300 small arms were stolen from these barracks by an armed party. The General Officer Commanding has ordered an immediate court of inquiry and I would rather not make further comment until I have seen the findings.

Mr. Logan

Is it a fact that an ordinary civilian walked in and held up a barracks?

Mr. Head

No, Sir. That is not a fact.

Mr. Shinwell

Can we at least be assured by the right hon. Gentleman that precautions are now being taken—I repeat, now being taken—in order to prevent a recurrence?

Mr. Head

Yes, Sir. Precautions have already been taken by all concerned.