HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 cc63-4W
Mr. Peter Duncan

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many low flying training sorties have been flown over Dumfries and Galloway by the RAF in each of the last five years. [78738]

Dr. Moonie

Information on military low flying training in the United Kingdom low flying system is recorded for each low flying area (LFA) in the form of number of hours booked for the aircraft of all three services. Data for Dumfries and Galloway are incorporated in the total for LFA 16, which also includes the Borders region of southern Scotland and other countries up to and including those within the central belt. Figures quoted in the table indicate the number of hours low flying training has been booked by day and night in the LFA over the last five years.

Total Fixed-wing Helicopters
Calendar year
1997 4,023 3,455 568
1998 3,680 2,946 734
1999 3,544 2,843 701
Training year1
1999–2000 3,408 2,830 578
2000–01 3,735 2,939 796
2001–02 4,080 3,279 801
1 From 1999, recorded by training year from 1 April to 31 March


The figure for 2001–02 is some 13.5 per cent. lower than that recorded for 1995.