HC Deb 25 May 1938 vol 336 cc1204-5
51. Mr. Dobbie

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that late night-flying practice by aeroplanes from the Hendon Royal Air Force aerodrome has a disturbing effect on the sleep of residents in the Hendon, Colindale and Kingsbury districts; that an aeroplane was engaged in late night-flying practice at 1.30 a.m. on 8th May; and whether, in the interests of residents, he will consider issuing instructions that night-flying practice must cease by II o'cicok each night?

Sir K. Wood

I much regret any inconvenience that may be caused, but I fear that it would seriously interfere with training requirements if all night-flying practice had to cease by II o'clock. Late flying at Hendon only occurs during the summer months when the hours of darkness are short and it is restricted to the minimum compatible with the service efficiency of the units concerned.

Sir Reginald Blair

Is the Minister aware that the inhabitants of Hendon are quite prepared to put up with any inconvenience as long as it is in the national interest?