§ Mr. Jessel
asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will estimate the effects of the Civil Aviation Bill on the control of aircraft noise, with particular reference to the licensing of types of aircraft in relation to the noise certification scheme, the licensing of airports, the number and timing of permitted night take-offs and landings, and the control of aircraft and helicopter flight paths, and rates of climb.
§ Mr. Tebbit
The Civil Aviation Bill requires the Civil Aviation Authority to have regard to the need to minimise aircraft noise when licensing aerodromes specified by my right hon. Friend and when exercising its air transport licensing functions. The provisions of the Bill do not affect the authority's responsibilities in respect of the noise certification of aircraft or the control of flight paths. Nor do they affect the detailed noise abatement requirements, including restrictions on night movements and minimum rates of climb, at aerodromes which have been designated under section 29 of the Civil Aviation Act 1971.