HC Deb 07 August 1924 vol 176 cc3114-5W

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that the restrictions imposed by the military authorities at Lulworth Cove have been increased since the War; whether the by-laws, which were drafted so as to include the whole of the Cove, but have now been modified, have yet been ratified; and whether, seeing that notice boards are erected on the edge of the Cove itself forbidding the public to advance beyond them, and that restrictions are still being enforced against fishermen, limiting them in earning their livelihood, he will reconsider his decision in this matter?


There has been no increase in the restrictions. On the contrary, under the proposed bye-laws the restrictions will be lessened. The bye-laws have not yet been ratified, but I may add that there is not, and never has been, any intention of including Lulworth Cove itself in the danger area. The notice boards are exhibited for the safety of the public to warn them against entering the danger area whilst firing is in progress. At other times the public can have access as hitherto along existing public rights of way. The interests of the fishermen have been considered, and the Department is prepared to restrict the firing to certain days, and to limit the hours on those days. As regards the last part of the question, I cannot add anything to the answers which I gave earlier in the week.