HC Deb 15 July 1913 vol 55 c1049
39. Mr. FELL

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the object of the regulations to prevent flying in hydroplanes over the estuary of the Thames and round the coast; if he is aware that these regulations are a serious blow to the aeroplane and waterplane industry; and whether it is proposed to withdraw or amend them shortly?


The answer to the first part of the question is that the Regulations and Orders made by the Home Office prohibit flight over certain areas constituting a small portion of the coast line in the interests of national safety. The reply to the second and third parts of the question is in the negative.


What are the interest of national safety? Is it that these aeroplanes might discover the secret of our defences or that they would interfere with the navigation of the river?


I think that the hon. Gentleman had better put that question down.


What is the object of preventing our own airmen flying over our own country?