HC Deb 01 March 1967 vol 742 c494
25. Mr. Onslow

asked the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances firearms are consigned to military establishments in the United Kingdom by rail and without guard; and in how many instances in 1966 such consignments were lost or stolen in transit.

Mr. Reynolds

Firearms are normally consigned to establishments in the United Kingdom in sealed goods wagons, although small consignments are sent by passenger train. There was one instance of theft in 1966; the article stolen was recovered by the police. I am looking further into this matter.

Mr. Onslow

Is the Minister aware that the incident in question was probably that of an Army F.N. machine gun stolen from a railway delivery lorry by three boys in my constituency? Does he regard this situation as satisfactory? Will he promise that he will do something about it?

Mr. Reynolds

That is the incident to which I am referring, in Woking. As I said at the end of my Answer, I am looking further into this matter.

Mr. Powell

Apart from the individual case, is the Minister reconsidering the wisdom of sending certain types of armament, as at present, by passenger train?

Mr. Reynolds

I will say for the third time that I am looking into this matter.