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Raf (Low Flying)

Volume 467: debated on Wednesday 13 July 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that there is inconvenience being caused to the inhabitants of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, by low flying and noisy aircraft; and what action he proposes for abating the nuisance.

Sharnbrook lies on a route used by aircraft carrying out cross-country training flights at low level. I am considering whether the route could be altered so as to avoid the village.

Will the Secretary of State for Air make quite sure that the noise does not go from this part of the country to some other part, because there are many people in other areas who are already complaining?

If we are to have an Air Force at all we must have a certain amount of noise.

Will the Minister tell us what is the height below which aircraft must not fly, either on exercises or training, and will he take into consideration the fact that when jet fighters fly below a certain height, it is very frightening to children and to people on holiday?

We have rules governing the height below which aircraft cannot normally fly, but for the purposes of operational training at low levels it is obvious that they must fly at those low levels.

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that my constituents will be delighted with his helpful reply?