§ Mr. Mackinlay
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice his Department received from the Civil Aviation Authority before refusing a permit for the use of a M1L M1-26 helicopter on Brecqhou.
§ Mr. Norris
In considering this application for a permit the Department, as usual, sought the advice of the CAA safety regulation group on safety aspects. The CAA advised that it had received inconclusive details from the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation about the helicopter's civil certificate of airworthiness. In the circumstances, the CAA could not recommend that the aircraft should operate; nor could it offer advice on the operation or maintenance standards due to a lack of available information. Accordingly, the Department was unable to issue a permit for this operation.