HC Deb 07 April 1938 vol 334 cc547-8W
Major Owen

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether his attention has been drawn to the accidental dropping on Saturday last of two bombs by bombers from the Penrhos aerodrome, Pwllheli, in the vicinity of human dwellings; whether he is aware that in one case the bomb fell within a few yards of a dwelling-house and that the explosion of the bomb adversely affected the health of the 79-year-old occupant; and whether he will have inquiries made into these and similar incidents, with the view of rendering impossible such occurrences in the future?

Earl Winterton

Yes, Sir, I received a report of the occurrence. As the circumstances are at present being investigated it would be premature for me to make a statement. As regards the last part of the question, Air Ministry Orders already provide that a Court of Inquiry is to be held into any case where a bomb is dropped outside the authorised bombing areas, with a view to preventing a similar occurrence in the future. I should add that the bombs in question were of the practice type; live bombs containing explosive are only used at ranges not less than two miles out to sea.