HC Deb 18 April 1980 vol 982 cc734-5W
Mr. Shersby

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has yet considered the draft byelaw for the regulation of model aircraft flying submitted to him for approval by the London borough of Hillingdon; and if, in view of the urgency of giving approval, he will make a statement.

Mr. Raison

The borough council sent a draft byelaw to the Home Office on 26 February. The Department's comments were contained in a letter sent to the council on 20 March which drew attention to certain defects in the draft and to the need to elaborate on the council's reasons for wishing to prohibit the flying of all power-driven model aircraft in the area of Hillingdon House farm. The Department is continuing to endeavour to resolve the matter as soon as possible and is prepared to arrange a further meeting with the council's representatives and the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers to that end.