§ 67. Mr. Marquand
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will make a statement concerning the abandonment 45W of Army stores of live explosives in a quarry at Great Ayton in such a manner that Middlesbrough school boys were able to remove some of them, thus causing great danger to themselves and other persons.
§ Mr. Kitson
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the discovery of bombs in a quarry at Great Ayton; how they got there; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Soames
The objects found are a mixture of empty containers and practice mortar bombs filled with sand. None of them contain explosives. The quarry is used as a refuse tip and I understand that the bombs were dumped in it recently by a local merchant. He had bought them from a Royal Ordnance Factory in 1942 as scrap metal. A large quantity of rubble has been dumped to obliterate them.