HC Deb 11 January 1989 vol 144 cc670-1W
Mr. Critchley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements he proposes for improving the safety of flying displays; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Channon

A new article, 52A, is being added to the air navigation order to provide the CAA with wider powers to control air displays likely to attract substantial numbers of spectators.

The new article 52A requires the air display organiser to:

  1. (a) obtain the permission in writing of the CAA;
  2. (b) comply with any conditions attached to the permission; and
  3. (c) permit participation by civil pilots only if they hold an appropriate CAA display authorisation.

The commander of a civil aircraft participating in a display under the provisions of article 52A must satisfy himself that:

  1. (a) the organiser has CAA permission;
  2. (b) his intended flight can comply with any conditions of the permission (and in the event shall comply with those conditions); and
  3. (c) he has an appropriate display authorisation.

The Civil Aviation Authority is required:

  1. (a) to ensure, before granting a permission, that the organiser is a suitable person and has competent organisation and staffing; and
  2. (b) to satisfy itself that pilots granted a display authorisation, which will be valid for a period not exceeding two years, are fit persons by virtue of their knowledge, experience, competence, skill, physical and mental fitness to take part in displays.

These new provisions will not apply to Ministry of Defence establishments (including those used by the United States Air Force and other visiting forces). As in the past, the Ministry of Defence controls air displays on its own property (whether the organisers are civilian or military) and is also responsible for the control of its military personnel (and those of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces stationed in the United Kingdom) taking part in civilian air shows. The rules under which such displays are conducted are at least as stringent as those now introduced by the Civil Aviation Authority. The Civil Aviation Authority will only allow other foreign military aircraft to take part in air displays to which article 52A applies after seeking advice from the Ministry of Defence as to the acceptability of the proposed display.

Greater London schemes under consideration and listed in the national trunk road programme—policy for roads in England 1987
Scheme Main consultants Estimated works cost at April 1987 (£ million November 1985 prices) Approxim ate length (miles) Brief description
M4 Junction 4 improvement Not yet appointed 7.0
A1 Archway road In abeyance
A1 Scratchwood link and M1 Junction 1 improvement Not yet appointed 22.8 0.6
A3 Hook interchange Not yet appointed 9.4
A3 Robin Hood Gate Junction Not yet appointed 24.9
A4 Henleys' Corner (A309 Junction improvement Not yet appointed 1.8
A4 Waggoner's Corner (A312) Junction improvement Not yet appointed 5.8
Al2 Hackney Wick—M11 Link W. S. Atkins & Partners 106.0 3.7 Dual 3/2 Lane
A13/A17 Junction improvement Acer Freeman Fox & Partners 1.9 Grade Separation
A13 Junction improvements with Al240 and B178 Acer Freeman Fox & Partners 14.7
A 13 Thames Avenue—Wennington Acer Freeman Fox & Partners 36.0 3.0 Dual 2 Lane
A23 Coulsdon inner relief road Sir Bruce White Wolfe Barry 10.6 1.5 Dual 2 Lane
A40 Gipsy Corner Junction improvement Sir Fred Erick Snow 16.8 Grade
A40 Long Lane Junction improvement Husband & Co. 14.3 Grade Separation
A40 Swakeleys road Junction improvement Husband & Co. 8.1 Grade Separation
A40 Western Circus Junction improvement Cooper Macdonald & Partners 19.3 Grade Separation
A205 Catford Town Centre improvement Not yet appointed 12.0 0.6
A406 Bounds Green—Green Lanes improvement G. Maunsell & Partners 48.8 2.2 Dual 2 Lane
A406 Chingford road—Hale End road Bullen & Partners 38.0 1.3 Dual 3 Lane
A406 Dysons road—Hall Lane Sir Frederick Snow & Partners 39.5 1.5 Dual 3 Lane
A406 East London river crossing Sir William Halcrow & Partners 151.6 5.7 Dual 2 Lane
A406 East of Silver street—A1010 Sir Frederick Snow & Partners 25.5 0.7 Dual 3 Lane
A406 Falloden Way—Finchley high road Gifford Graham & Partners 25.6 1.9 Dual 3 Lane
A406 Golders Green road Junction improvement Gifford Graham & Partners 9.6 Under Review
A406 Great Cambridge road (A10) Junction improvement Bullen & Partners 19.6 Grade Separation
A406 Hanger Lane—Harrow road Husband & Co. 57.8 1.7 Dual 3 Lane
A406 Popes lane—Western avenue Howard Humphries & Partners 21.7 2.3 Dual 3/2 Lane
A406 Regents Park road Junction improvement Kennedy Henderson Ltd. 40.4 Grade Separation
Western Environmental improvement route Husband & Co. 85.0 2.4 Dual 2 Lane
Al3 Blackwall Tunnel—Cotton street Not yet appointed 2.2
A 13 Ironbridge widening Not yet appointed 12.5
A 13 Leamouth road Not yet appointed 2.0
A13 Movers lane Not yet appointed 16.0
A13 Prince Regent lane Not yet appointed 13.0
A13 West India Dock road Not yet appointed 0.9
A23 Waddon Marsh Bridge Mott Hay & Anderson 5.0 Junction improvement

No decisions have been taken on the options being considered in the assessment studies. The final reports from the consultants are due later this year.

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