HC Deb 18 December 2001 vol 377 cc218-9W
35. Andrew Selous

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to limit the vectoring off from approved routes by National Air Traffic Control when residential areas are affected. [21592]

Mr. Jamieson

The Government have no such plans. While the balance of environmental advantage generally lies in concentrating departing aircraft along routes that avoid densely populated areas where possible, the vectoring of aircraft from such routes once they have climbed above agreed minimum altitudes is necessary for efficient and safe management of aircraft.