HC Deb 25 May 1960 vol 624 cc419-20
8. Mr. Farr

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the disturbances caused by aircraft noise to people living in the proximity of Air Ministry property at Bruntingthorpe; and what steps he is taking to reduce or eliminate this.

Mr. W. J. Taylor

The United States Air Force authorities at Bruntingthorpe do their best to keep disturbance to a minimum, and I know of no recent complaints. But I should be glad to look into any particular difficulties if my hon. Friend cares to give me details.

Mr. Farr

I thank my hon. Friend for that Answer, but may I call attention to the fact that I think that equipment for baffling sound is on the airfield? If that is so, I should be very glad if it could be erected fairly soon.

Mr. Taylor

I am advised that the United States Air Force has introduced the following measures to reduce disturbance. Engine running on the ground is prohibited between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. except when there is a strong operational need. Periods of continuous engine run-up at full throttle are kept to a minimum. [HON. MEMBERS: "Reading."] I have been asked about the steps that have been taken and I am listing them. When running-up, aircraft are positioned as far away as possible from the town of Rugby, and tail-pipes are directed away from the town.