§ Mr. Hugh Jenkins
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will examine the Heathrow landing proposals, put forward to him by the Local Authorities Aircraft Noise Council; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Noble
No such proposals have reached me but I gather from press reports that the council's interest is in the two-segment glide path. This technique has been explored experimentally and, though it offers a reduction of noise in certain areas, it involves increased noise near the airport and introduces problems of safety and other difficulties 235W in implementation. On balance this technique does not seem worth pursuing further at present especially as other, possibly more promising, alternatives are under examination.