Ammunition, Sherwood Forest

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 1950.

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Photo of Mr Martin Redmayne Mr Martin Redmayne , Rushcliffe 12:00 am, 21st March 1950

asked the Secretary of State for War when he expects to complete the removal of ammunition dumped in the Sherwood Forest area of Nottinghamshire.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

Every effort is being made to complete the removal of ammunition from the Sherwood area by the end of 1952, but the rate of removal is governed by the availability of labour and of storage accommodation elsewhere.

Photo of Mr Martin Redmayne Mr Martin Redmayne , Rushcliffe

Is the Minister aware that this area is a source of great pleasure and recreation to the people of Nottingham and Sheffield and that the matter should therefore he treated as one of greater urgency than the normal ammunition dump problem?

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

I am well aware of the importance of getting on with its removal.

Photo of Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan , Perth and East Perthshire

Would the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that this ammunition will not, as has happened in previous cases, be taken away from England and dumped in Scotland?

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

There is no such intention.

Photo of Mr James Harrison Mr James Harrison , Nottingham East

Is my right hon. Friend aware that on previous occasions we in Nottinghamshire have been promised that this ammunition will be removed from the Sherwood area, and that nothing substantial has been done towards removing it? Can my right hon. Friend give a promise that in the very near future some substantial removal will take place?

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

Some 26,000 tons have already been removed. That is fairly substantial.