HC Deb 11 October 1976 vol 917 cc4-5W
Mr. Hugh Jenkins

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if, in view of the amendment to the 1962 ICAO Convention introducing the word "then" before the word "accepted" and the ICAO Bulletin of 29th November 1962 interpreting the intention of this as meaning "at the time supersonic aircraft were ready to be introduced into commercial service", he will amplify his statement to the Washington Concorde hearings in which he asserted that the ICAO noise rules applicable to Concorde were less onerous than was actually the case.

Mr. Les Huckfield

My hon. friend the Minister of State, in replying to questions at the Washington hearings on Concorde in January, expressed the interpretation of the 1962 ICAO Resolution that has been followed by the Concorde manufacturers. He made it clear that Concorde's noise was broadly comparable with subsonic aircraft operating in 1962, not with that of high by-pass engined aircraft now operating.

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