HC Deb 19 February 1946 vol 419 c227W
Squadron-Leader Emrys Roberts

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that poisonous bombs or shells are being used in military exercises by troops from the military camp at Llanegryn, Merioneth; that these missiles contaminate pastures and caused the death of a large number of sheep, dogs and a bullock; that this is contrary to an undertaking given by the military authorities; and what action he is taking in the matter.

Mr. J. Dugdale

Smoke bombs containing phosphorus have been used in this area during the training of Royal Marine Commandos, but not for the past four months. I am advised that the number of animals who have died from poisoning has not been more than two, for which compensation has been paid. Although no undertaking has been given that bombs of this type would not be used, instructions have been issued that their use is to be kept down to the minimum essential for training purposes, that the bombs shall not be used at all on good pasture land, and that farmers shall be given due warning when exercises involving their use begin and end. I am having further consideration given to the question as to whether it is essential to use this type of bomb in peacetime training.