HC Deb 29 July 1937 vol 326 cc3352-3W
Captain Cunningham-Reid

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the loss of an unexploded small calibre shell from the sands at Shoeburyness on 12th July last; whether he is still satisfied that the regulations designed to exclude the public from artillery ranges are adequate and adequately enforced; and whether he will assist in allaying public alarm by making a statement?

Sir V. Warrender

The answer to the first and second parts of the question is "Yes, Sir." As regards the last part, I see no reason for public alarm. Notice boards warning persons who may stray on to the sands about the extreme danger of handling any projectiles which may be seen lying about are displayed in many conspicuous places. Over a very great number of years the warning has been effective. Complete exclusion from the sands at all times is unnecessary provided that persons walking on them abide by the warning.