HC Deb 11 March 1958 vol 584 cc40-2W
Mr. Hayman

asked the Secretary of State for War what areas of Dartmoor National Park come within his control; what are their acreages; and to what extent civilians are excluded from these areas.

Mr. Soames

The War Department controls or uses the following areas within the Dartmoor National Park: Okehampton Camp (128 acres); Plasterdown Camp (70 acres); Okehampton Ranges (16,350 acres); Willsworthy Ranges (3,450 acres); Ripon Tor Rifle Range (322 acres); Ringmoor Down (4,420 acres); Roborough Down (740 acres); Merrivale East (4,160 acres).

The camps at Okehampton and Plasterdown are closed to the public at all times. The ranges at Okehampton, Willsworthy and Ripon Tor are closed to the public during firing operations. Public access to the Ringmoor, Roborough and Merrivale East areas is not restricted by military use. The Merrivale East area will shortly be given up.