§ Kate Hoey
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when the experimental scheme for planes landing at Heathrow Airport was introduced; if this scheme resulted in more planes flying over areas of South and South East London; and when the experiment is to be assessed. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
The trial began on 4 September 1995 and the assessment is underway. The results should identify the areas affected and the associated noise impact. As indicated in Annex 5 of the preliminary consultation paper on Night Restriction at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted that we published on 27 February, the results should be available in time to take into account when drawing up proposals for the next night restrictions consultation paper. A copy of the preliminary paper was placed in the House Library. (Ref;Official Report, 27 February 1998, columns 403–04).