§ Mr. Pickthall
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he is taking to reduce the noise pollution created by training aircraft from RAF Woodvale, over West Lancashire. 
§ Mr. Soames
A broad range of measures has been introduced to minimise any noise disturbance caused by military training aircraft operating from RAF Woodvale over west Lancashire. For example, flight paths are dispersed over as wide an area as possible avoiding populated areas, and aircrews are regularly briefed on the need to conduct their operations with consideration for those on the ground. The volume of military flying training from RAF Woodvale, which generally ceases by 5 pm, is kept to the minimum commensurate with service needs.