§ 48. Mr. Nicholas Edwards
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is satisfied that adequate powers are available to local authorities to assist home owners and occupiers to insulate and soundproof houses close to both civil and Service airfields.
§ Mr. Oakes
The responsibility for combating aircraft noise rests with local authorities only where they are the airport operators. Such local authorities can take local Act powers to insulate properties in their areas against noise. They may also require insulation of new dwellings near an airfield as a condition of planning permission. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade can require a local authority, which is the airport authority, for an aerodrome, designated under Section 29 of the Civil Aviation Act 1971, to finance a noise insulation scheme if the noise problem justifies it.
Questions about insulation against noise arising from Service airfields should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence.