HC Deb 06 August 1924 vol 176 cc2951-2W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the parish council of Box were informed that machine-gun firing would not be carried out on the rifle range on Sunday afternoons except under exceptional circumstance; what were the exceptional circumstances which necessitated machine-gun firing on two out of the last three Sundays; if he is aware that this firing on Sunday afternoons causes annoyance to many of the inhabitants; and if he will take steps to abate it?


No special information on this subject is available at the War Office, but I am in communication with the local military authorities, and I have hitherto deferred my reply in the hope that I should be in a position to give a definite answer before the end of the Session. This does not now seem probable, but I will communicate again with the hon. Member as soon as I have received and considered the Report which I have called for.