HC Deb 02 April 1957 vol 568 c219
21. Mr. Gough

asked the Secretary of State for War what period of time was taken and what was the cost to public funds for removing an unexploded aircraft shell from the Shell-Mex factory, Stanford-le-House, near Southend.

Mr. J. Amery

The task of removing this shell was spread over twenty months and the estimated cost of running plant and providing materials was about £3,800. About £1,800 worth of the material used can be recovered.

Mr. Gough

Does not my hon. Friend think that it is a scandal that it takes twenty months to lift an aircraft shell from the Shell-Mex factory? Would he look into the matter to see whether the few remaining similar unexploded bombs and shells can be removed at a cheaper rate?

Mr. Amery

I have looked into the matter very carefully. It was thought that the projectile in question was a 250 lb. bomb which was situated between five and six feet from a railway serving Shell-Mex Refinery. In the circum-cumstances, we thought it essential to secure removal of the projectile.