§ Mr. Ron Davies
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many Civil Aviation Authority inspectors are employed to investigate aerial crop spraying incidents; how many are employed to make spot checks unannounced on aerial crop spraying contractors; and how many are employed routinely to monitor aerial crop spraying.
§ Mr. Michael Spicer
The Civil Aviation Authority employs eight investigators to deal with alleged breaches of civil aviation regulations, including those relating to aerial spraying. The authority also employs three inspectors who examine all operators and the adequacy of their staff, premises, equipment and aircraft before granting aerial application certificates. The inspectors make regular checks on all the operators including unannounced spot checks.