Aviation: Noise

Department for Transport written question – answered on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to adopt the World Health Organisation noise threshold levels (a) for monitoring and reporting on noise pollution from aviation and (b) as a statutory requirement to be met by all airport operators; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Following the 2018 publication of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region, the Government convened the Defra-led Interdepartmental Group on Costs and Benefits Noise Subject Group. This group is reviewing the evidence underpinning the WHO’s guidelines, together with more recent evidence and it will consider whether there are any necessary updates to relevant government guidance.

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