§ 6. Mr. Allason
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what factors he considered before granting approval for an engine run-up testing area at Luton Airport.
§ Mr. Allason
Is my right hon. Friend aware that this area requires the provision of a taxiway which almost exactly coincides with the taxiway which is required to double the capacity of Luton Airport? What consultations has the Minister had on noise, as this site happens to be the worst from that point of view to the neighbourhood?
§ Mr. Noble
On the first part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question, I am aware of this point because he has rightly brought it to my notice; but this has and will have no result on any final planning permission which might be given.
5 The information which I have is that it is likely to cause rather less noise to the most densely populated part of Luton which is affected.
§ Mr. Simeons
As one of those who live at the end of the runway, may I assure my right hon. Friend that I agree with what he says? May I nevertheless ask him to bear in mind the fact that the noise of revving-up of aircraft at 11 o'clock at night is far worse than the noise of aircraft taking off? It is that which needs restricting as well as the sound of aircraft taking off.
§ Mr. Leslie Huckfield
Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that, far from the level of noise being reduced, because of the increasing delays occasioned by the air traffic control system the noise will increase?