§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what areas in Scotland, England and Wales, respectively, are designated for the purpose of low-flying training; and how many flights take place per month, on average, in each area.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
Two areas in Scotland, ten in England* and two in Wales, which are away from the main centres of population, are used for low-flying training. In addition there are various low-flying routes which link these areas. Low flying is strictly controlled and all areas and routes have been carefully selected to cause the least possible overall disturbance to the 254W general public, consistent with operational and safety requirements. In the period from January to May, 1966, inclusive, the overall average number of flights per calendar month per area was:
Scotland … … … 129 England … … … 440 Wales … … … 257 * One of the English areas extends into Scotland.