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Training (Damage To Crops)

Volume 391: debated on Tuesday 13 July 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether, considering the nearness of the time when the harvest will be gathered, he will give instructions that growing crops in training and other areas be put out of bounds until the fields are cleared?

I fully appreciate the necessity for avoiding damage to crops and troops taking part in exercises are instructed to avoid such damage. But some damage and interference with agriculture is, I regret, unavoidable if the training is to be realistic and valuable and if such general instructions were issued as my hon. Friend suggests large scale exer- cises and much essential training would have to be suspended.