HC Deb 25 February 1975 vol 887 cc94-5W
Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what study he has made of the evidence supplied to him by the hon. Member for Cannock of alarm created in Rugeley by low-flying aircraft; and if he will arrange for advance notice to be given when low-flying exercises are being undertaken in the Cannock Chase area.

Mr. John

Military pilots are permitted to undertake low-level training over a considerable area in the Midlands, which includes part of Cannock Chase. They are, however, expressly forbidden to overfly Rugeley. On the basis of the evidence which my hon. Friend has so far supplied, I have no reason to believe that there has been any breach of the low-flying regulations, but if he can let me have details of specific incidents I shall gladly have them investigated. There are well established arrangements for giving advance notification of special exercises, but I regret that this would be impracticable in the case of routine low flying.