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Low-Flying Aircraft

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether, pursuant to his reply of 10 November, Official Report, column 160, he is now in a position to make a statement following his review of low-flying training over the residential developments of Hardwiche and Quedgeley.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the accident analysis capabilities of the computer installed in the RAF inspectorate of flight safety; and what information it provides on low-flying accident rates per 10,000 hours.

The computer system used by the Royal Air Force's inspectorate of flight safety is designed to allow the timely retrieval of accident data relevant to the safety of RAF aircraft. It contains information on all serious accidents to RAF aircraft since 1979. The time actually spent at low level by RAF aircraft during training sorties is not recorded. The information requested is, therefore, not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he proposes to reply to recent letters sent to him by hon. Members on the subject of low-flying aircraft.

I will send full replies to those hon. Members who have written to me on the subject of low flying as soon as possible. Correspondence from hon. Members normally requires investigations and the number of such letters has recently risen significantly. In the meantime, I have sent either acknowledgements or interim replies to all such Members.