§ Mr. Moate
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will provide estimates, based on current knowledge and on those flight paths projected for the purpose of noise contour forecasts, of the approximate minimum height of aircraft taking off from the proposed Maplin Airport, on reaching different points on the Kent coastline, with particular reference to the towns and villages in the new district of Swale.
§ Mr. Onslow
Based on current knowledge we expect the heights to vary between 4,000 and 7,400 feet, depending upon the type of aircraft. We expect, however, that further improvements in noise effects will be possible before the airport comes into operation.