§ Mr. McLoughlin
The Department's long-standing policy has been that owners and operators of airports should be responsible for taking noise abatement measures. The Department has designated 47 airports (including the three London ones) under section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982, which requires consultation between the airport, its users and local interests on matters including noise abatement.
In addition the Department has taken a leading role internationally in securing agreement to measures reducing noise at source made by aircraft. The resultant standards are given force by orders made under the 1982 Act.