§ 66. Mr. Chapman
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make 174W a statement on the recent obstruction by Quantock Staghunt followers and supporters of manoeuvres by the 1st Battalion of the East Anglian Regiment; and whether, since the manoeuvres had been arranged with all proper prior notice, and since attempts are being made by hunt supporters to blame the Army, he will make it clear to the hunt that it cannot have precedence over legitimate Army manoeuvres on the Quantock Hills.
§ Mr. Mulley
On 23rd November there was some temporary confusion because the Quantock Staghunt moved through an area in which military training was taking place, but this was resolved and both the hunt and the training continued. I am glad to say that local good will towards Army training in the area is not likely to be impaired.