HC Deb 17 October 1969 vol 788 cc145-6W
Viscount Lambton

asked the Secetary of State for Defence if he is aware of many cases of low-flying, in some instances almost at ground level, by aircraft in rural districts of North Northumberland, in many cases severely frightening stock; and whether he will issue a directive to aircraft using this area for training that they should fly at the prescribed heights.

Mr. Hattersley

Low level flying training is carried out over North Northumberland and similar sparsely populated areas throughout the United Kingdom. For safety and operational reasons great care is exercised to maintain approved heights and to avoid centres of population and although, occasionally, some disturbance is inevitable, no claims for compensation for damage to livestock have been received from the area for over twelve months. Regulations concerning flying at the prescribed height are already promulgated and well understood.