§ Mr. Cohen
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flypasts by aircraft of the armed services have been carried out in each of the last five years for events not organised by the armed services; what has been the total cost of such flypasts for each year; and from which subheads of which votes funds for these activities are taken.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
No central records are held of the number of flypasts conducted by service aircraft during the last five years over events not organised by the armed services, and the information requested could only be provided at disproportionate cost and effort. Flypasts by service aircraft are authorised only if they can be undertaken from within allotted training hours. Any additional non-operational costs arising from a flypast are recovered from the event organiser.