New Clause 4 — Commercial Flights Officer

Part of Orders of the Day — Civil Aviation Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 10th October 2005.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 7:30 pm, 10th October 2005

I am sure that the hon. Gentleman would agree that night noise from the heavens can make airports neighbours from hell. However, there has been relatively little academic analysis of the economic benefits of night flights. The aviation industry often asserts that they are crucial and an important economic driver, but precious little evidence has been cited in support of that. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is high time that an independent organisation conducted research along those lines?