HC Deb 12 July 1996 vol 281 c325W
Mr. Alan W. Williams

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what mechanism compensation may be claimed for health damage to a child or adult caused by low flying aircraft; and how many such claims there have been since 1990. [36813]

Mr. Soames

My Department will pay reasonable compensation providing it can be demonstrated that military aircraft activity is responsible for any injury sustained. Individuals should submit their claim in writing to:

  • The Ministry of Defence
  • PL(LS) Claims 3
  • Room 459
  • Lacon House
  • Theobalds Road
  • London WC1X 8RY

Statistics are not available in the form requested. Since 1990–91, however, my Department has received 124 claims for personal injuries as a result of military aircraft activity.

Mr. Williams

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much is the Department's annual expenditure on research into possible health damage to people caused by low flying aircraft. [36814]

Mr. Soames

My Department is involved in research, both intramurally and extramurally, into a wide range of issues which have a bearing on the relationship between military aircraft activity and health. The annual expenditure specific to the possible effect of military low flying on health, however, cannot be separately identified.

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