§ Mr. Boston
asked the Minister of Health what studies have been made, and are being made, into the effect upon people's health of aircraft noise; and what conclusions have so far been reached.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
The general study mentioned in my Answer to the hon. and learned Member for Buckinghamshire, South (Mr. Ronald Bell) on 4th July, 1966 for establishing noise assessment criteria is being pursued. The Committee on the Problem of Noise (the Wilson Committee) found no evidence that noise normally encountered domestically and socially (as distinct from occupational exposure to intense noise) produces any direct and measurable physiological effect on the average person or on mental health, although it can cause much annoyance.—[Vol. 731, c.5.]