HC Deb 11 March 1959 vol 601 c1247
39. Mr. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will make a statement on the official reports received at the Air Ministry about the pale yellow disc which recently hovered in the sky over London Airport for 20 minutes; and what observations were made of it on the radar screens.

Mr. Ward

A pale yellow light was seen by officials at London Airport above one of the runways from 7.25 to 7.45 on the evening of 25th February. There was no corresponding response on the airport radars or on air defence radars. The light was not identified.

Mr. de Freitas

Should not the Secretary of State's Department have pointed out that there were natural conditions which could quite easily have led to this apparition, and not have given, by implication, the idea that there was some Martian saucer hovering and waiting for permission to land?

Mr. F. M. Bennett

The hon. Member for Wednesbury (Mr. Stonehouse).

Mr. Ward

There was insufficient evidence to determine what the cause of this light could have been.