This accident occurred when a Royal Air Force aircraft crashed on returning from an operational flight. The causes of the accident are being investigated by a court of inquiry. The crew of seven and one civilian were killed and two civilians were injured. Four cottages and a farmhouse were destroyed. I am sure that the House would wish to join with me in expressing sympathy with the relatives of those who lost their lives and with those injured as a result of this regrettable accident.
Do I understand that to mean that it will be a decision, after the inquiry, as to whether compensation will be paid to the parents of those killed, and to the injured?
Surely if a vehicle belonging to the Crown injures a civilian that civilian has the same rights against the Crown as he would have against an ordinary civilian who caused such an accident?