Is the hon.. Gentleman quite happy about the prospects of being awakened by the boom in the middle of the night? Many of us are extremely keen to see supersonic flight developments but would nevertheless like to be Sure that greater effort is being put into the problem of the supersonic boom than seems to be the case at present.
The answer to the first part of that supplementary question is, "Not really". As regards the second part, the designers of the Concord are well aware of the need to keep the boom within tolerable limits and are doing all they can. The Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough is carrying out a lot of research into such things as the supersonic boom.
Is my hon.. Friend aware that extensive tests are being carried out in the United States on this problem? Is there any arrangement to exchange information between the two countries in order to get the benefit of these researches?
Is the hon.. Gentleman aware that this is a point on which there is likely to be extremely strong public reaction once the problem is appreciated and experience begins to be widespread? It would be extremely unfortunate if the aircraft industry's development were to be frustrated by public reaction which had not been fully anticipated in the early stages.