§ Mr. Greenway
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what measures Her Majesty's Government have taken since May 1979 to reduce aircraft and helicopter noise over west London; what further steps he proposes to take; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
Since May 1979 the Government have maintained all the noise abatement measures then in force despite the difficult economic climate in which the civil aviation industry has had to operate. These measures are intended to minimise the disturbance caused by aircraft and helicopter noise over West London and other areas similarly affected. The Government will continue to encourage the development and adoption of additional measures as appropriate.