HC Deb 26 June 1974 vol 875 cc462-3W
Mr. Normanton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has evidence to show that the jet exhaust from aircraft engines is or can be responsible for the pollution of vegetation on the ground and stretches of open water.

Mr. Clinton Davis

I have been asked to reply.

Research in this country and abroad indicates that aircraft account for less than 1 per cent. of total atmospheric pollution and that even in the vicinity of a large airport such as Heathrow aircraft give rise to less pollution than an average urban development. I have not so far received evidence that jet exhaust causes pollution of the kind in question but if the hon. Member has any evidence to the contrary it will be investigated.