§ 62. Mr. Hugh Jenkins
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the noise levels of the Boeing 707–320 and the Boeing jumbo-jet 747 are in excess of London Airport, Heathrow, limits; and why he has approved the expenditure of £11 million to enable Heathrow to take aircraft which under his noise regulations will not be able to use this airport.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
My hon. Friend is under a misapprehension. The Boeing 707–320, which is already in regular use at Heathrow, conforms fully to the noise abatement limits there. The Boeing 747 is expected to be quieter than current heavy jet aircraft, such as the 707–320, and will, therefore, be well within the Heathrow noise limits. Thus the second point of my hon. Friend's Question does not arise.