asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what consultations he has now had with the manufacturers of high-speed sports cars regarding the silencing of exhaust noise; whether he is aware that the noise caused by certain particular makes of that type of car, the details of which have been sent to his Department, tends to increase rather than decrease; whether he is 221W aware that for those living beside a highway such as the Great West Road this noise amounts to a public nuisance; and what steps are being taken in the public interest to reduce this inconvenience.
§ Mr. Watkinson
When my hon. Friend wrote to me he referred particularly to two specified makes of car of the sports type. My technical officers have had consultations with the manufacturers concerned and arranged some tests and the manufacturers are considering the matter further. As soon as I have sufficient information I will write to my hon. Friend.