HL Deb 07 May 1946 vol 141 cc54-6WA

asked His Majesty's Government, whether they are prepared to pay full and adequate compensation for the casualties caused, and material damage done, by the recent ex- plosion of twenty-four tons of high explosive in Perthshire, in view of the fact that the responsibility rests upon them, of having left unguarded these large amounts of dangerous stores.


This matter is still the subject of investigation and, I understand, of criminal proceedings. Consequently I regret that a statement regarding compensation cannot be made at the moment. I will inform the noble Earl as soon as it is possible to make a state- ment. In the meantime, and without prejudice to the question of liability, I may add that first aid repairs have been or are being carried out as necessary, a preliminary survey of the damage has been made and claims are being recorded. Any claims not yet submitted may be sent to the Claims Commission, War Office, or to the Assistant Director of Claims, Scottish Command, Edinburgh for registration.

House adjourned at ten minutes past five o'clock.