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Bombing Ranges, Selsey District

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that the danger and disturbance to residents and visitors in the Hundred of Manhood are being accentuated by the intensification of practice on the Selsey and Earnley bombing ranges; and if he will stop the use of these ranges pending a decision upon the question of their compulsory acquisition for Government purposes.

I am aware of the local interest in the two R.A.F. ranges in the Selsey district and a public inquiry will be held before any final decisions are taken. We are not at present using the range at Earnley. The other range—in Bracklesham Bay—is still being used but the public are in no danger, nor do I think there is undue disturbance.