HC Deb 18 July 1956 vol 556 cc1207-8
31. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the instructions or regulations now governing the flying of aircraft over urban areas; what record he has of the number of accidents caused to urban areas by aircraft during the last ten years; and what recent consideration has been given to this matter.

Mr. Watkinson

The regulations which specifically govern flights by civil aircraft over towns or populous areas are contained in the Air Navigation Order, 1954, Schedule II, Rules 15 and 19. There have been nine recorded cases in the United Kingdom since 1947 in which injury to persons or damage to structures was caused by civil aircraft in urban areas. The Regulations have recently been reviewed and I am considering whether as a result certain minor amendments should be made to them.

Mr. Sorensen

While thanking the Minister for that reply, may I ask him whether, within his range of consideration, the matter of noise is also being considered, because that is particularly obnoxious in many areas?

Mr. Watkinson

Yes, Sir, I am certainly considering it.