§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many courts martial have been held in the RAF for alleged low-flying offences in the last 10 years for which information is available; how many findings of guilt there have been; and what sentences have been imposed.
§ Mr. Neubert
The table provides details of the Royal Air Force courts martial for low-flying offences in the last 10 years at which the accused were found guilty; there have been no cases in the past 10 years where individuals charged under sections 51 or 52 of the Air Force Act 1955 were found not guilty.659W
Year Number of courts martial Number of personnel involved Charges under Air Force Act 1955 Sentence 1985 1 1 Sections 51 and 52 £300 fine and Severe Reprimand 1989 1 1 Sections 51 and 52 Loss of 18 months seniority and Severe Reprimand1
In addition one service man was charged under section 692 in connection with the 1989 case, and was sentenced to the loss of 18 months seniority and a severe reprimand1.
1 Findings and sentence subject to confirmation.
2 Conduct to the prejudice of good order and Air Force discipline.