HC Deb 17 July 1913 vol 55 cc1434-5
93. Mr. FELL

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the object of the Regulations against hydroplanes flying in the estuaries and on certain parts of the coasts; what is the danger to the national safety which demands these regulations; are they directed against espionage or to prevent danger to or interference with the mercantile marine; and are they to be shortly amended or withdrawn?


The Orders, so far as regards the prohibition of flying over certain areas or portions of the coast line, are based on the recommendations of the Admiralty and War Office. I am not prepared to make any statement as to the naval and military considerations which governed these recommendations. It is not proposed to withdraw or alter the Orders, but the question of exemptions will be considered.


Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that a pledge was given that these orders should be reviewed annually, and it was on account of that pledge, given to me by the Secretary of State for War, that I allowed the Bill to pass?


The facts stated by my hon. Friend are not within my personal knowledge. I will communicate with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War.