Service Training, Dartmoor

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3 December 1969.

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Photo of Mr James Scott-Hopkins Mr James Scott-Hopkins , West Derbyshire 12:00, 3 December 1969

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in his discussions about the renewal of licences for the Services to train on Dartmoor.

Photo of Mr Roy Hattersley Mr Roy Hattersley , Birmingham Sparkbrook

The Duchy of Cornwall, the National Trust, the Countryside Commission and the Dartmoor National Park Committee have all agreed in principle to a renewal of the licences, but the period for which they should be renewed is still under discussion.

Photo of Mr James Scott-Hopkins Mr James Scott-Hopkins , West Derbyshire

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the importance of this area to the Services for training facilities, and would he make certain that the licences are renewed for a proper length of time so that there can be a proper continuation of Service training?

Photo of Mr Roy Hattersley Mr Roy Hattersley , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I am anxious to meet those points. Certainly we could only accept some of the short-term leases which have been suggested on the basis that it would be our intention to apply for their renewal when they fell in.