§ Sir A. Bossom
asked the Minister of Defence (1) if he is aware that the Kent County Rifle Association in the past has been shooting by the courtesy of the Admiralty on the Sheerness Range which is now going to be closed; and if he will give in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of service ranges in Kent which have a range up to 600 yards and with targets in the iron frames, belonging to the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force or the Territorial Army, which he will consider making available for use for riflemen as well as Service men when convenient;
(2) if, seeing that there are a considerable number of riflemen in the county of Kent who have in the past been allowed by him to use Sheerness rifle range for 108W their regular exercises, he will examine the matter with a view to seeing which of the ranges belonging to the services might be made available for the members of the Kent County Rifle Association in the future, as the Sheerness range is no longer to be available.
§ Mr. Sandys
I am aware that the Sheerness range, which has been used in the past by the Kent County Rifle Association, is shortly to be closed. There are no ranges in Kent belonging to the R.A.F. The following ranges, with targets in steel frames, belonging to the Royal Navy, the Army, and the Territorial Army will be available to the Kent County Rifle Association and to other riflemen, as Service requirements permit:
Royal Navy Kingsdown 8 targets, 600 yards. Army and Territorial Army Lydden Spout 24 targets, 600 yards. 8 targets, 500 yards. Castle Hill 3 targets, 600 yards. Hythe 48 targets, 600 yards. 32 targets, 500 yards. Lydd 36 targets, 600 yards. Shoreham 7 targets, 500 yards. Conyer Teynham 8 targets, 500 yards. Milton 41 targets, 500 yards.