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Fatal Accident, Breconshire

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 13 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the accident which caused the death of a sergeant in the 389th Light Regiment, Royal Artillery, Territorial Army, near the Sennybridge Range, Breconshire, on 17th June and the rider of the jury to the effect that the driver of the Bren-gun carrier had not driven such a vehicle for two years; and whether he will make a statement.

Yes. Care is taken to ensure that drivers get practice before taking part in exercises. This driver who had had 21 months' experience as a carrier driver during his whole-time service was given refresher training in April and May this year and had been driving this carrier for four days at camp before this accident. I am satisfied that the accident was not due to inexperience.