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Low Flying: Complaints

Defence written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints about low-flying military aircraft have been received by each military establishment in the UK in each of the last five years.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

This information is not held in the format requested. The Air Staff, Low Flying Complaints and Enquiries Unit, (CEU) is the organisation responsible for recording complaints about aircraft operating in the UK Military Low Flying system. Complaints may be received direct from the public, or via military units, but records are not maintained of which unit has passed on a particular complaint to the Complaints and Enquiries Unit. Complaints about aircraft operating within the Military Air Traffic Zone surrounding an airbase are normally dealt with by the operating unit directly, and are not included in the centrally recorded figures.

The figures provided in the following table are the total of low flying complaints received at the CEU in each of the last five years.

Date Complaints recorded
1 June 2004 to 31 May 2005 4,461
1 June 2005 to 31 May 2006 4,536
1 June 2006 to 31 May 2007 4,707
1 June 2007 to 31 May 2008 3,774
1 June 2008 to 31 May 2009 3,472

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