HC Deb 20 May 1953 vol 515 cc2061-2
35. Mr. Awbery

asked the Undersecretary of State for Air if he is aware that the continuous noise from low-flying jet aircraft in the Bristol area is affecting the nerves and health of many people; and if he will take effective steps to abate this nuisance.

Mr. Ward

Most of the noise has, I think, been made by jet fighter squadrons temporarily attached to Filton from the 2nd Tactical Air Force in Germany. It will be possible to move them away from Filton after the beginning of next month.

Mr. Awbery

While I am grateful to the Minister for the information that this is only of a temporary character, can we have an assurance that this will not be used as a bombing base in the way that some of the aerodromes are at present being used?

Mr. Ward

I cannot give any definite and absolute guarantee about the future, but we will certainly do our best to keep that matter in mind.

Mr. Hastings

Is any investigation being carried out by the Minister's Department as to the effect on the mind, body and hearing of continuous noise of this description?

Mr. Ward

Of course, that is a matter for the medical people and, I have no doubt, for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health, but I will look into the point.