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Low-Flying Aircraft

Volume 933: debated on Monday 13 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence, in view of the potential danger created by low-flying Royal Air Force aircraft operating along the North Wales coast in the area of Colwyn Bay Abegele, particularly during the summer months, whether he will take steps to ensure that such aircraft avoid these holiday resorts, wherever possible, during the tourist season and fly at safe altitudes at all times.

The regulations already forbid pilots to fly over Colwyn Bay and Abergele at less than 2,000 feet when they are engaged in low-level training.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence why the Army has refused to recover from the River Bann at Toome an agricultural digger.

pursuant to his answer [Official Report, 27th May 1977; Vol. 932, c. 626], gave the following information:Removal of the digger is not the responsibility of the Army since it does not present a threat to Security. I understand, however, that the owner of the equipment has been unable to secure the services of a civilian contractor, and the Army authorities in Northern Ireland are considering whether they can provide assistance on repayment terms.