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Low-Flying Aircraft

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the general rules and regulations governing the low flying of RAF planes on exercises generally and in the East Anglian area in particular; and whether he can give an assurance that such rules and regulations have been observed during the past two weeks.

Military low-flying training throughout the United Kingdom is governed by standing instructions which, among other things, regulate height and speed and require the pilots to steer clear of built-up areas, although it is not always possible for them to avoid some smaller communities. I am satisfied that these instructions are generally well observed, but if the hon. Member has evidence of any irregularity over the last two weeks, and can quote the date, time and place of the incidents my Department will make a full investigation.