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Luton Airport (Aircraft Movement)

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th March 1968.

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Photo of Mr James Allason Mr James Allason , Hemel Hempstead 12:00 am, 13th March 1968

asked the President of the Board of Trade what restrictions he intends to place upon aircraft movement at Luton Airport, in view of the introduction there of jet aircraft.

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

The hon. Member is, I understand, concerned with restrictions to reduce noise disturbance. In my view this is a matter for the airport owners, Luton Corporation, who are best placed to decide what restrictions are necessary.

Photo of Mr James Allason Mr James Allason , Hemel Hempstead

If the owners do not take action, and appalling noise results, particularly noise at night, would it not be the duty of the Government to inter- fere, because people must be protected, as they have been protected at Heathrow?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

I fully agree that people must be protected, but this is a corporation of elected representatives. They are right on the spot and I think that they will watch the interests of their own people.

Photo of Mr Gwilym Roberts Mr Gwilym Roberts , Bedfordshire South

Can my hon. Friend say whether he has approached the Luton Corporation in order to find out how many complaints it has had on this matter?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

We have been in fairly regular touch with Luton Corporation about ways and means of cutting down noise. We gave advice about routing and so forth, but we have not been in touch on this specific point.