§ Dr. John Cunningham
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the House of Commons Library details of existing byelaws associated with the control of boating activities in the vincinity of coastal defence establishments, together with charts of the areas of sea and coast thus controlled, showing how such areas are delineated; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wiggin
[pursuant to his reply, 22 February 1982, c. 303.]: I have done so today. Several of the byelaws were introduced many years ago, and not all contain plans for the sea areas affected. The cost of making plans available in such cases would not be justified. Amendments to byelaws are in progress in some of these locations and new byelaws are to be introduced at others.
§ Dr. John Cunningham
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will list in the Official Report the names and locations of coastal defence establishements where firing to sea takes place; what restrictions on sailing and boating are in force at each establishment; whether restrictions are enforced through byelaws in each case, giving the area of sea and coast affected by such restrictions; and if he will made a statement.
§ Mr. Wiggin
[pursuant to his reply, 22 February 1982, c. 303.]: The following is a list of coastal ranges whose danger areas extend over both land and sea. Ranges whose danger areas extend only over the sea are excluded.498W
Navy Air Weapons Range Bridgewater Bay, Somerset Bombardment Range Cape Wrath, Highland Infantry Weapons Range Kingsdown, Deal Kent Fraser Range Eastney, Hants British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre Raasay, Skye and Lochalsh Infantry Weapons Range Straight Point, Devon Firing Range HMS Cambridge, Wembury, Devon Small Arms Range Grove Point, Portland, Dorset Army Infantry Weapons Range Ballykinler, Co. Down Infantry Weapons Range Barry Budeon, Tayside The Royal Artillery Range Benbecula, Western Isles Infantry Weapons Range Blackdog, Grampian Infantry Weapons Range Caldicott (Severn Tunnel) Gwent The Royal Armoured Corps Range Castlemartin, Dyfed Infantry Weapons Range Chickerell, Dorset Infantry Weapons Range Fingringhoe, Essex Infantry Weapons Range Fort George, Highland Infantry Weapons Range Hornsea, Yorks Infantry Weapons Range Hythe, Kent The Royal Armoured Corps Range Lulworth, Dorset Infantry Weapons Range Lydd, Kent Infantry Weapons Range Iydden Spout, Kent Infantry Weapons Range Magilligan, Co Londonderry The Royal Artillery Range Manorbier, Dyfed Infantry Weapons Range Penally, Dyfed Infantry Weapons Range Pilning, Avon Infantry Weapons Range Sealand, Cheshire Infantry Weapons Range Shoeburyness, Essex Infantry Weapons Range Tregantle, Cornwall Infantry Weapons Range Ty Croes, Gwynedd The Royal Engineers Demolition Range Yantlet, Kent Royal Air Force Air Weapons Range Cowden, Humberside Air Weapons Range Donna Nook, Lines Air Weapons Range Holbeach, Lines Air Weapons Range Pembrey, Dyfed Air Weapons Range Tain, Highland Air Weapons Range Wainfleet, Lines Procurement Executive Royal Aircraft Establishment Aberporth, Dyfed Proof and Experimental Establishment Eskmeals, Cumbria Military Vehicle Experimental Establishment Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway Aircraft Bombing Sea Range Luce Bay, Dumfries and Galloway Proof and Experimental Establishment Pendine, Dyfed Proof and Experimental Establishment Shoeburyness, Essex Territorial Army Infantry Weapons Range Altcar, Merseyside Infantry Weapons Range Binn Hill, Grampian Infantry Weapons Range Dingwall, Highland Infantry Weapons Range Lower Barvas, Isle of Lewis Infantry Weapons Range Pakefield, Suffolk Infantry Weapons Range Whitburn, Tyne and Wear Infantry Weapons Range Wick, Highland
Mandatory restrictions on sailing and boating can only be imposed to the extent that these are provided for in byelaws, copies of which I have placed in the Library. The sea areas covered by such mandatory restrictions are designated in the byelaws. In a few cases, however, defence establishments may have understandings with local sailing and boating communities, under which boats voluntarily leave those parts of the sea danger area in which firing is to take place. Of course, clear range procedures are followed to ensure that no boat in the danger area is at risk.