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Regent's Park Zoo (Low-Flying Aeroplanes)

Volume 345: debated on Thursday 30 March 1939

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asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he is aware that the Report of the Committee on Control of Flying states that low-flying aeroplanes have stampeded elephants which could break down the fences of Regent's Park zoo and thus constitute a potential danger of some magnitude to the general public in the park; and what steps has he taken to safeguard the public by strengthening the fences in the park?

I have been in communication with the authorities of the zoological gardens in Regent's Park, who are responsible for the fences between the gardens and the park, and I am assured that the present fences are quite sufficient to prevent an elephant from stampeding into the park. I understand that airmen have been requested to avoid low-flying over the zoological gardens.