§ 16. Mr. Jessel
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action the Government intend to take further to reduce aircraft noise nuisance around Heathrow airport.
§ Mr. Norris
Between 1974 and 1989 there was a 70 per cent. reduction in the number of people living around Heathrow who are exposed to aircraft noise likely to cause annoyance. The phase-out of older, noisier aircraft over the next decade will bring further significant improvements. The United Kingdom has played a leading role in securing international agreement to this.