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Heathrow: Noise Monitoring

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th March 2017.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport 12:00 am, 30th March 2017

I do not think that it is a question of comparison between airports. What we have at Heathrow is a world-beating package of compensation for those affected, combined with a rapid change in aircraft technology which means that the new generation of aircraft coming on stream are much quieter than any we have seen before. Alongside that are our plans for the modernisation of airspace. We also need to ensure that the angles of approach to Heathrow are the best possible, in order to minimise the impact on local residents. I believe that, overall, we are taking the right approach to what I know is a difficult issue for the hon. Lady’s constituents and others. We have tried to get the balance right.