HC Deb 19 June 1951 vol 489 c21W
38. Mr. Dye

asked the Secretary of State for War for what purpose he proposes to requisition the nature reserve at Wretham, Norfolk, owned by the Norfolk Naturalists Trust; and how its unique properties can be preserved.

Mr. Strachey:

The land referred to has been subject to Defence Regulation 51 or 52 ever since the war, and no question of new requisitioning arises. As was explained at the public local inquiry on the Stanford Practical Training Area in 1948, the land forms part of the area required for the assembly and deployment of troops and vehicles about to enter the battle area. My Department have recently approached the Trust with a view to long-term arrangements for the military use of the area. The moors, which are no doubt the most important part to naturalists, are out of bounds to troops, and it is hoped that the long-term arrangements will provide for access by the Trust subject to military requirements.