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Low-Flying Aircraft

Volume 530: debated on Wednesday 21 July 1954

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what information he has received in respect of the low-flying aircraft passing over London on 13th July; and what action he has taken to prevent a recurrence of this incident.

I have been unable to identify the aircraft which flew over central London about 10 o'clock on the morning of 13th July. Estimates of its height vary, and there is no certainty that any breach of discipline was committed.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the inconvenience caused to residents within the areas of urban and rural district councils in Merioneth by low-flying aircraft operations; and whether he will take action to modify these operations.

These operations are designed to give Army Light Anti-Aircraft units essential practice in defending the country against attacks by low-flying aircraft. It has, however, been found possible to modify them slightly to lessen the possibility of their causing any inconvenience to those who live near the coast of Merioneth.