HC Deb 29 July 1938 vol 338 cc3493-4
29. Mr. Hannah

asked the Home Secretary whether it has been decided to prosecute the owner of the aeroplane which flew over the crowd assembled in the garden of Buckingham Palace on Monday, 18th July?

Earl Winterton

The inquiries which are being made in this matter have not yet been completed.

Mr. Hannah

Would this not be a good subject for extra taxation, if we are to have this form of advertisement?

Earl Winterton

That is a question that should be addressed to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Mr. Crossley

Am I right in imagining that it is the ordinary constable in the street who is responsible for the detection of these aeroplanes and of what number is on them?

Earl Winterton

That would really depend on the circumstances. The difficulty in this particular case—I will be perfectly frank about it—is that there are conflicting reports as to where and how the aeroplane flew, and those conflicting reports are now being investigated.

Mr. Crossley

Will the Noble Lord bear in mind that there is a very considerable nuisance from these low-flying aeroplanes?

Mr. Ellis Smith

In view of the fact that the noble Lord considers it right to make inquiries into this matter, will he also reconsider the attitude he adopted when complaints were made about aeroplanes flying low over pit accidents in order to take photographs while hundreds of broken-hearted women stood there and were affected by that kind of thing?

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