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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 167242, tabled on 23 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure the realisation of the economic potential of drones for the UK economy in the forthcoming draft Drones Bill.

Answered on

10 September 2018

The measures included in the current consultation, which will feed into the upcoming draft Drones Bill, are a key step in maintaining the UK’s position as a global leader in the drones services market; by tackling misuse and building public confidence in drone technology and encouraging positive, innovative drone use. The consultation includes a proposal to mandate the use of safety apps which, if taken forward, will be one of the initial steps towards facilitating an unmanned traffic management system (UTM) and to unlocking the future potential of drones.

The intention is to publish the draft Drones Bill later this year, following consultation.