asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration he has given to the proposal of the Local Authorities Aircraft Noise Council that Her Majesty's Government shall provide local authorities with moneys to compensate them for reductions in rates to be given to householders affected by aircraft noise out of the revenues of the British Airports Authority.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a proposal of this sort and several other proposals are in the post addressed to him? I should have thought he would have received them by today but certainly he should receive them tomorrow. When he receives them, will he give them careful consideration? Will he consider not only this proposal but the series of proposals which will be contained in the document he will be receiving?
Would my right hon. Friend be prepared to consider a scheme by which the noisiest types of aircraft, when taking off and landing, would pay higher charges than quieter aircraft and that the proceeds of these charges on the noisier aircraft should be used to relieve the rates in residential areas close to airports?
When the right hon. Gentleman receives the proposal, will he be prepared to consider calling a conference of all the local authorities involved to see whether something can be done to resolve their difficulties and the pressures which they are under from ordinary people who are suffering from this environmental abuse?
As I have said, I am always prepared to consider almost anything that might help. But the mind boggles a little at the hon. Gentleman's suggestion, because the key to this problem is that anything one does to help one area generally has repercussions on another area. If one were to get all the local authorities into a room, I do not believe that there would be any hope of agreement on anything.