HC Deb 06 May 1931 vol 252 cc380-1
30. Captain MACDONALD

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the further complaints made as to the nuisance and danger of low flying by aircraft, he will now consider making stringent regulations in this matter?


The subject is one to which my Noble Friend has given close personal attention, as he is most desirous of preventing any serious cause for complaint. This is indeed in the best interest of flying itself. Further orders on the subject were issued to the Royal Air Force only a few weeks ago, supplementing the stringent regulations already in force. They prohibit flight over any city or town except at an altitude which will enable the aircraft to land outside the boundaries, should any mechanical breakdown occur. They also prohibit trick or exhibition flying over a populated area and, in general, flyng in such a way as to cause unnecessary danger to persons or property on land or water. All complaints of low or dangerous flying by Service aircraft are promptly and carefully investigated by the Air Ministry and strict disciplinary-action is taken whenever the facts justify it. Where civil pilots are concerned, the institution of proceedings is a matter for the police, but the Air Ministry investigates any complaint brought to notice and is ready to co-operate with the police as necessary.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the great inconvenience caused to the ordinary householder who happens to live on the direct line between London and Paris, by this low flying?


I am aware of all the difficulties, but I think that my answer covers that point.