§ Mr. Madden
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from(a) sporting organisations and (b) others about helicopter operations from the base in Crossmaglen in Northern Ireland. 
§ Mr. Soames
Representations are received from time to time about helicopter operations in Northern Ireland but no record of these is kept centrally. Helicopters are essential to the Army acting in support of the police in Northern Ireland. Every effort is made to minimise any nuisance or inconvenience to the public.