HC Deb 07 July 1961 vol 643 cc156-7W
Mr. McAdden

asked the Minister of Aviation how many officials of his Department are authorised to enter private residential and landed property without the necessity of obtaining the owner's or occupier's permission.

Mr. Rippon

Under Article 70 of the Air Navigation Order, 1960, my right hon. Friend has authorised forty officials of the Ministry of Aviation and 135 of the Air Registration Board to have access at any reasonable time, to any aerodrome, or to any place where an aircraft has landed, for the purpose of inspecting the aerodrome, any aircraft, or any document which they may be empowered to demand under the Order, or for the purpose of detaining an aircraft under the Order.

In addition, under Regulation 7 of the Civil Aviation (Investigation of Accidents) Regulations 1951, Inspectors of Accidents, of whom there are twenty-two, have power to enter and inspect any place or building for the purposes of an investigation and to have access to and examine any aircraft involved in an accident and the place where the accident occurred.