§ 19. Mr. Garry Allighan
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that five dwellings which the Ministry of Health has made available to the Strood Rural District Council for domestic housing cannot be so used because the approach to these houses is within the danger area of the Milton rifle range; how often this range has been used during the past 18 months; and whether he considers retention sufficiently important as to render five houses uninhabitable.
§ Mr. J. Freeman
Five dwelling houses, which were built in 1817, are in the danger area of this range. These houses are the property of the War Department. They were offered to the local authority but were rejected as not suitable for civilian occupation because of their location. The range has been in use six days a week up to the beginning of this year. It is not in use at the moment, as it is being repaired, but will be required in the near future. The possibility of moving the range to an alternative site is already being investigated.