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Supersonic Damage (Ex-Gratia Payments)

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 28 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Supply on what grounds he is making ex gratia payments on claims for supersonic damage; how many such payments have been made; and what is the total sum involved.

Supersonic flying by aircraft for which the Ministry of Supply is directly or indirectly responsible is restricted to essential tests. Instructions are given to minimise disturbance to the public. The comprehensive review of this problem, to which I referred in my answer to the hon. Member for Maidstone (Sir A. Bossom), on 6th July, has not yet been completed. Meanwhile, where evidence shows that damage to property may have been caused by supersonic flights, ex gratia payments are being made without admission of liability. Fifty-two such payments, totalling£440, have so far been made.