Mr. Jim Callaghan
asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he is satisfied with the arrangements for monitoring aircraft noise at Ringway airport.
§ Mr. Eyre
Yes. Ringway airport has not been designated under section 29 of the Civil Aviation Act, 1971, thus it is for the airport management, in consultation with the local interests affected, to decide what arrangements for monitoring aircraft noise are appropriate.
§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what consideration he has given to the application for a European regional development fund grant for the scheme to improve and extend the runway at Manchester international airport; what action he is taking; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Eyre
As a result of a successful application to the European regional development fund in respect of improvements to the runway at Manchester airport, a grant of over £1.8 million was paid to the Greater Manchester county council earlier this year. A further application for ERDF grant in respect of a runway extension has been received and is being considered, together with applications from other infrastructure authorities, by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment. The Department of Trade has already designated this as a project of national or regional importance and has granted the appropriate capital expenditure authorisation for 1981–82.
Year Name of Vessel and Flag Subject of Charge Court Result of Prosecution 1979 "Underley Queen" (UK) Discharge of oil off Great Yarmouth Lowestoft Magistrates Court Owners fined £800 Masters fined £100 1979 "Suecia Team" (UK) Discharge of oil off Miami, Florida Sunderland Magistrates Court Owners fined £7,000 Master fined £3,000 1980 "Spraynes" (UK) Discharge of oil off Japanese coast Uxbridge Magistrates Court *Owners fined £5,000 †Master fined £5,000 1980 "Rudby"(UK) Discharge of oil in approaches to Dutch Darlington Magistrates Court Owners fined £500 territorial waters Master fined £200 1980 "Manzanares" (UK) Discharge of oil off Stavanger, Norway Southampton Magistrates Court Owners fined £1,500 Master fined £1,500 * Reduced on appeal to £1,000. † Reduced on appeal to £250.