HC Deb 10 December 1965 vol 722 c171W
Mr. Patrick Jenkin

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give an assurance that he will not exercise his powers so as to derogate from the provisions of Sections 7 and 9 of the Epping Forest Act, 1878 that the Forest should at all times be kept uninclosed and un-built on as an open space for the recreation and enjoyment of the public; and how often in the last five years his powers have begin exercised without the consent of the Corporation of the City of London as Conservators of Epping Forest.

Mr. Mulley

There has been no occasion in the last five years when land in Epping Forest has been used by the Services in a way that interferes with existing public rights and I have no proposals to interfere with these rights in the future. Land has not been enclosed for the use of the Services and it has been used for training only by arrangement with the Superintendent of the Forest who acts on behalf of the Conservators.