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Exercise Mallet Blow

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence until what time night air activity was authorised during Exercise Mallet Blow 87–3.

Low-flying activity within the Mallet Blow 87–3 exercise area was planned to end by 21.10 hours, although, in the event, all exercise activity was completed by 17.30 hours.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the latest time of day up to which exercise activity was permitted during Mallet Blow exercise since 1978.

For all Mallet Blow exercises up to and including Mallet Blow 87–2, low-flying activity within the exercise area was planned to end by 17.30 hours.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans exist to increase or decrease the night flying element of future Mallet Blow exercises.

There has never been any night flying, that is flying between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am, in Mallet Blow exercises, nor are there plans for any in future Mallet Blow exercises.