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Crown Copyright: Acts of Parliament

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Ear Howe: Crown copyright will be retained in all such documents, to ensure consistency and accuracy in their reproduction. However, as my right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster made clear in his Answer in another place on 9th February (Hansard, col. 370), no charge or prior permission will be required for use of the text of legislation in value-added printed, electronic or microform media. This concession includes the right to reproduce such material in a value-added form on the Internet, and to reproduce--whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes--material sourced from the Internet in a value-added form.

Acts of Parliament: Internet Publication

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Earl Howe: HMSO's primary responsibility is to publish in print the text of Acts as they receive the Royal Assent. As soon as possible after that duty has been discharged, the text of newly enacted Acts from this Session of Parliament will be released on to the Internet. Current HMSO plans do not extend to updating existing Internet text as legislation is amended.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Earl Howe: There are no immediate plans to publish secondary legislation on the Internet. Considerable resources will be required to release the full text of Acts,

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and that task is currently taking priority. Public response to this initiative will be gauged before deciding whether and how the project should be extended.

RAF and RN: Flying Accidents

Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many RAF and Royal Naval aircraft have been seriously damaged or destroyed in flying accidents in each of the past five years, how many personnel have been injured or killed in flying accidents in each of those same years, what has been the cost to public funds and what is being done to prevent such accidents.

Earl Howe: The information on accidents is contained in the table below. There are no additional costs for the replacement of aircraft lost in accidents since replacements are drawn from an attrition reserve, which is procured as part of the total aircraft requirement to offset predicted losses. The cost of this reserve is therefore borne when the fleet is procured, not when an aircraft is transferred from the reserve. The cost of repairing RAF and Royal Navy aircraft seriously damaged in accidents between 1991 and 1995 is approximately £4.8 million.

The Services give a high priority to flight safety. Boards of inquiry carry out thorough investigations of all military aircraft accidents to determine the cause and minimise the risk of recurrence. Summaries of their conclusions are published and placed in the Library of the House.

Air Accidents Personal Injury Accidents(1)
Year No. FatalitiesMajor InjuriesFatalitiesMajor Injuries
Royal Air Force
Royal Navy
1995 22002


(1) A Personal Injury Accident is defined as an accident involving a fatality or major injury but little or no damage to the aircraft. Only those involving an aircraft in flight are included in the table.

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