HC Deb 22 November 1978 vol 958 cc601-2W
Mr. Jim Lester

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what plans he has for including expenditure on tourism under the regional grant system to encourage employment.

sentations have been made to him calling for the examination of possible alternatives to minimum noise routes for aircraft using London airports.

Mr. Clinton Davis

A number of such representations have been made in the past and alternatives to the present minimum noise routes for aircraft departing from the London airports have been considered, but I do not think that the present routeing structure should be changed unless it is necessary for safety reasons or unless it would result in overall environmental benefits. This policy has been endorsed by the independent Noise Advisory Council.