§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 11 July,Official Report, column 245, what are the reasons why insurance cover is not provided for non-military persons having flights in military aircraft; and what steps are taken to ensure that non-military persons are aware that they have no insurance cover.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
If a non-military person undertaking an air experience flight in a United Kingdom military aircraft were injured as a result of the Ministry of Defence's negligence, the individual could, under common law, pursue a claim for compensation against the Ministry. The Ministry is not insured against this eventuality, choosing to carry it as an acceptable risk. Non-military personnel are not routinely advised of the Ministry's insurance position.