Military Firearms (Consignment)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr Cranley Onslow Mr Cranley Onslow , Woking 12:00 am, 12th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what revised instructions he has issued concerning the consignment of military firearms by passenger train.

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

I have now issued instructions that when small consignments of military firearms are sent by passenger train use must be made of the Recorded Parcels Transit Scheme operated by British Railways. This will enable the appropriate authorities to keep the closest control of arms consignments.

Photo of Mr Cranley Onslow Mr Cranley Onslow , Woking

Will that prevent their being stolen?

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

I cannot give the hon. Member an assurance, but it is more likely to do so.