TRANSPORT - NIGHT FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS

- Tuesday, 8th November 2005

 

Type: Oral Parliamentary Question (OPQ)

Member Tabling Question: Lilley, Peter
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Question: Can the Minister justify allowing the Luton local authority to regulate night flights at Luton airport, given that it owns the airport‘s freehold and gets a bonus for every flight in and out? The noise difficulties, however, are suffered by my constituents in Hitchin and Harpenden and by the constituents of the hon. Member for Stevenage (Barbara Follett). Surely Luton cannot claim to be a London airport when it is regulated in a different way from all London‘s other airports.
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Member Answering Question: Buck, Karen
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Answering Department: Dept for Transport
Date of Answer: 08.11.2005
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Answer: We have made the matter absolutely clear. It is not simply a question of the number of flights, but whether airports are failing to implement the measures available to them. We have no reason to believe that that is happening. Luton airport has published its master plan and, when a planning application is submitted, it will be for the planning authority to determine whether it wishes to impose controls on the numbers of flights. The measures available to local authorities, and the powers that are clarified and strengthened in the Civil Aviation Bill?
The powers are clarified and strengthened by the Bill, and will be sufficient to ensure that airports continue to bear down on noise. It is worth remembering that the area affected by noise as set out in Luton airport‘s policy in respect of jets flying at night has remained consistent since 1994.
We have made the matter absolutely clear. It is not simply a question of the number of flights, but whether airports are failing to implement the measures available to them. We have no reason to believe that that is happening. Luton airport has published its master plan and, when a planning application is submitted, it will be for the planning authority to determine whether it wishes to impose controls on the numbers of flights. The measures available to local authorities, and the powers that are clarified and strengthened in the Civil Aviation Bill?
The powers are clarified and strengthened by the Bill, and will be sufficient to ensure that airports continue to bear down on noise. It is worth remembering that the area affected by noise as set out in Luton airport‘s policy in respect of jets flying at night has remained consistent since 1994.


Topic: Night Flight Restrictions

Legislature: House of Commons (HoC)
Location: Commons Chamber

Status: Answered
Session: 05-06

 

 

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