Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

Commercial and recreational drone use in the UK inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Accepting written evidence. The initial deadline for written submissions was Friday 12 April.

Scope of the inquiry

This inquiry will look at the ethical and safety implications of the growing use of civilian drones, of all sizes, across the UK.

Drones have had a range of positive impacts across a variety of industries, from commercial photography and aerial surveying, through to crop spraying and parcel delivery. However, following increased recreational popularity, there have been several suspected drone incidents, including dozens of ‘near misses’ between drones and aircrafts.

Following two previous consultations on drone safety and security and incursions at Gatwick and Heathrow airports the Government is planning to bring forward a ‘Drones Bill’ in 2019.

Terms of reference: Commercial and recreational drone use in the UK Send a written submission

Latest evidence

Next meeting(s)

26 June 2019 9:30 am

Oral Evidence Session

Commercial and recreational drone use in the UK
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Captain Tim Pottage, Chairman of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) Working Group, British Airline Pilots Association
Andy Sage, Head of Unmanned Traffic Management, National Air Traffic Services
Special Sergeant Kevin Taylor, Chief Pilot Lincolnshire Police Drone Unit, Lincolnshire Police
Elaine Whyte, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Tris Dyson, Executive Director of the Centre for Challenge Prizes, Nesta
Julia Jiggins, Head of Civil Avionics Strategy, Thales UK
Sean Cassidy, Director, Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Amazon Prime Air


The Grimond Room, Portcullis House


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