§ Mr. Wilshire
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement about his inquiries into the safety of and risks posed by large toy rockets now on sale in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Leigh
We have tested these rockets and have found them to be safe in normal use provided that the users obey the instructions and stand at a reasonable distance. The Civil Aviation Authority has advised us that the rockets are unlikely to damage aircraft coming into land, but that they could distract the pilot. We are looking into what might be done to restrict the use of such products within five miles of a major airport.