HC Deb 01 May 1940 vol 360 cc683-4
8. Captain Plugge

asked the Secretary of State for Air what decision has been given in regard to the claim of occupiers of marshes at Cliffe and Cooling, Kent, submitted on 1st June, 1939, in respect of prejudice caused by low-flying aeroplanes to the breeding of lambs by flocks of sheep on the marshes in question; and what instructions have been given in general with regard to the effect of low-flying aeroplanes on stock?

The Secretary of State for Air (Sir Samuel Hoare)

I am advised that the circumstances are not such as to justify acceptance of liability by my Department for the damage alleged to have been caused. In regard to the second part of the Question, unauthorised low flying is forbidden under standing instructions which are from time to time brought to the notice of all concerned. These instructions forbid a pilot to fly or manoeuvre his aircraft in any manner likely to cause damage to livestock.

Captain Plugge

Have many claims of this kind been received?

Sir S. Hoare

I do not think so, but I will look into the facts.

Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

Is my right hon. Friend aware that aircraft frequently fly low over Lincolnshire, where there are many flocks, and that they do not mind in the least?

Mr. Thorne

Can the Minister say whether the accident at Clacton-on-Sea this morning was due to low-flying?

Sir S. Hoare

I am certainly not responsible for the flying of enemy machines.