Has the Minister studied the report of the inquiry on Luton airport in 1972, when the inspector found that the volume of traffic in 1971 was intolerable? The traffic is now so much greater that, unless designation takes place, as it continues to grow it will be more and more intolerable.
The hon. Gentleman seems to think that designation in itself will solve the problem of noise. That simply will not happen. My Department constantly confers and considers the situation with the Luton authorities. I have no reason to believe that they have not undertaken their responsibilities properly in this respect.
Is the Minister considering' the expansion of Luton beyond the present level as an alternative to development at Maplin?
It is a matter which falls within the scope of the review. I have already said, in an answer to an earlier Question which the hon. Gentleman apparently chose not to hear, what the Government's position is.