HC Deb 01 February 1995 vol 253 cc692-3W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to give higher priority to tackling noise pollution.

Sir Paul Beresford

Local authorities have a wide range of powers to tackle noise pollution from premises and from vehicles, machinery and equipment in the street. In response to rising numbers of complaints about noise, an increasing number of authorities have introduced 24-hour noise complaint services but this is a matter for each authority to decide on the basis of local priorities and needs. An inter-departmental working party was set up in October last year to review the controls over neighbour noise and to investigate options for swifter remedies. The working party expects to complete its review shortly and I intend to consult fully on its conclusions and recommendations.

Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many(a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions have been brought for noise nuisance for each year since 1979.

Sir Paul Beresford

The numbers of prosecutions and convictions for noise nuisance in England and Wales for each year since 1979 are as shown in the table. Figures are not yet available for 1993–94.

Noise nuisance prosecutions and convictions
Prosecutions Convictions
1979 245 144
1980 240 171
1981 269 249
1982 263 205
1983–84 495 332
1984–85 355 298
1985–86 318 251
1986–87 430 342
1987–88 404 322
1988–89 446 418
1989–90 284 233
1990–91 559 465
1991–92 367 310
1992–93 416 343


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