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Low-Flying Aircraft (Airturbulence Damage)

Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 25 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will extend to the Gatwick area the free insurance scheme recently introduced at Heathrow to protect householders from damage caused by air turbulence or vortices caused by low-flying aircraft.

The scheme to which the hon. Member refers was introduced voluntarily by the British Airports Authority. The need for similar action at Gatwick would clearly depend on whether the same conditions existed there as at Heathrow and up to the present I am not aware of any reports of damage at Gatwick of the kind experienced at Heathrow.