Military Exercises (Accidents)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

asked the Secretary of State for War how many children have been killed and injured, in a neighbourhood of which he has been informed, as a result of military exercises; and what steps he proposes to take to minimise the risk of such accidents in the future?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I regret that one child has been killed and four injured as a result of two accidents in the place referred to by my hon. Friend. I am making full inquiries into the circumstances of both. Fresh instructions are now being prepared, and will shortly be issued, dealing with the stricter enforcement of safety precautions when firing practice takes place.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that where places are constantly used for exercises of this kind some guard should be kept over the ground? There is no other way of keeping out active boys?