§ 6. Mr. Jessel
asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many complaints he has received about noise from Concorde.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Trade (Mr. Clinton Davis)
2,832 complaints have been received either during or since the recent endurance flying programme. This figure includes both complaints received by the Department direct and those received first by the British Airports Authority and by British Airways.
§ Mr. Jessel
Why do we have to rely on the Americans to enforce British noise regulations at Heathrow?
§ Mr. Stonehouse
Has my hon. Friend any breakdown of complaints received from abroad where Concorde is flown into foreign airports?
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
Negotiations are being vigorously pursued so that the scheduled services can start as planned, and statements will be made at the appropriate times.
§ Mr. Adley
Does the hon. Gentleman agree with the Wall Street Journal that the anti-Concorde industry in the United States is involving itself in what that paper has described as the "meanest kind of politics"? If that is so, and if New York should decide to ban Concorde for spurious environmental reasons, does the Minister agree that British trade unionists would be entitled to consider retaliatory action against the Port of New York Authority, perhaps by ensuring that goods exported from that port by air or sea were subjected to appropriate political delays on entering this country?
§ Mr. Davis
It is far more profitable that we should deal in facts rather than in epithets on this important issue. We are hopeful, as I have said before, that we shall get a fair hearing in Washington, starting on 5th January. As a result, we have reason to believe that we shall not have to deal with the question of retaliation.
§ Mr. Stonehouse
Will my hon. Friend take this opportunity of denying that the first commercial flight of Concorde from this country will be delayed by disputes over aircrew pay?
§ Mr. Biffen
In the current negotiations concerning the flight routes for Concorde, have overflying routes been requested from India? If so, what answer has been received?