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Helicopters: City of Westminster

Home Department written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Conservative, Worthing West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who owns the helicopter which hovered above Westminster on 30 June 2011; what authorisation was given for the flight; what the average noise level was at street level; and what the (a) purpose and (b) expected benefits were of the flight.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

I have been asked to reply.

At least four helicopters—two Metropolitan Police Service helicopters and two providing outside broadcast facilities—were monitoring a demonstration in Westminster on 30 June. It is therefore difficult to ascertain the specific helicopter referred to.

The noise level of helicopters at street level is not monitored. However, helicopter pilots are encouraged to minimise noise disturbance by maintaining the maximum altitude possible consistent with their air traffic control clearance, or their specific operational requirements, and the prevailing weather conditions.

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