Burley Moor

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1948.

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Photo of Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott , Pudsey and Otley 12:00 am, 20th January 1948

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that it is proposed to establish a permanent small arms range on Burley Moor which is part of the famous Ilkley Moor, that such a range will affect 500 acres of moorland, and close two popular footpaths, as well as adversely affecting the water rights, grazing rights and sporting rights; and will he take steps to keep this moor open at all times for the use of the people who live in the nearby towns and cities.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

I am aware of the proposal, which will be considered by the Inter-Departmental Committee on Services Land Requirements who are awaiting the regional report on the case. The Committee will take into account the effect on local interests and amenities.

Photo of Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott , Pudsey and Otley

Will the right hon. Gentleman impress upon the Committee that when the Territorials wish to use the range at weekends, it is just the time when it is required by the general public of the cities of Leeds and Bradford; and also that Ilkley Moor is hardly available at all, because of unexploded bombs?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

This site consists of a series of small-arms ranges, which have been in use, I understand, since 1914.