Tanks, Dunbar

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd July 1952.

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Photo of Sir William Anstruther-Gray Sir William Anstruther-Gray , Berwickshire and East Lothian 12:00 am, 22nd July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for War how much his Department have paid out in meeting claims for damage done by tanks in Dunbar during the last five years; and what would be the cost of removing these vehicles permanently to a convenient parking place clear of the burgh.

Photo of Mr Anthony Head Mr Anthony Head , Carshalton

The sum of £95 11s. 2d. has been paid on account of damage to property, and £17 13s. 2d. for damage to roads. To remove these tanks elsewhere would cost about £7,500.

Photo of Sir William Anstruther-Gray Sir William Anstruther-Gray , Berwickshire and East Lothian

Is it not the case that an expensive scheme for widening the gates is now being proposed? In the interests of economy as well as of general convenience, would it not be much better to consider shifting the tanks to a place where they would be better sited?

Photo of Mr Anthony Head Mr Anthony Head , Carshalton

It is my experience that wherever tanks go they are unwelcome.