HC Deb 05 November 1946 vol 428 cc217-8W
88. Mr. Medland

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will give the approximate date upon which the Inter-departmental Committee on Service Land Requirements will report; and whether, in the interim, he will arrange for the employment of Poles in the clearance of open spaces such as Dartmoor from live shells and bombs which are preventing cattle grazing on the land and its use as an amenity to the general public.

Mr. Bellenger

The terms of reference of the Services Land Requirements Committee cover all service land requirements including accommodation and storage and it is not possible to state when its work will be completed. The Committee is at present dealing with all training areas and ranges, which exceed 1,000 acres and recommendations on a number of these areas should be ready before the end of the year.

Poles are so far as available already employed in clearing open spaces.

90. Mr. Willey

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now in a position to make a statement on the future of the Redesdale artillery range.

Mr. Bellenger

No, Sir. This range is among the areas being considered by the Interdepartmental Committee. I would refer my hon. Friend to the replies given on 22nd October to several hon. Members, of which I am sending him a copy.