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Battle Areas (Mine Clearance)

Volume 499: debated on Tuesday 22 April 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for War what facilities the Royal Engineers provide for sweeping by detectors former defensive zones in this country which, on being ploughed up as marginal land, have been found to contain live British anti-tank mines.

The Royal Engineers do not provide facilities, but there are still a few battle area clearance teams which are being made available for this work, including the particular task in which my hon. Friend is interested.

Is my hon. Friend aware that there was some delay in this case, even in acknowledging the request for the Services to detect the mines, and, if the services cannot be provided promptly, will he give an undertaking that a suitable acknowledgment is made by the commander concerned?

Yes, I will certainly do that. It might help my hon. Friend to know that the officer in charge of the team is due to arrive in the Command on Friday.