§ Mr. Townsend
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints were received from the Government of the Republic of Ireland concerning overflying of their territory by British military planes and helicopters for each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Wellbeloved
Over the last five years we have accepted the following number of complaints by the Government of the Republic of Ireland in respect of accidental incursions by military aircraft including helicopters:
Years ended Accidental Incursions 30th April 1974 28 30th April 1975 19 30th April 1976 22 30th April 1977 10 30th April 1978 8