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Supersonic Flights (Us Report)

Volume 888: debated on Tuesday 11 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will obtain and make a statement on the report published by the United States Government into the effects of supersonic flying in the stratosphere in so far as it affects British interests; and, in particular, what effects the report will have on the Concorde programme.

The Report of the Climatic Impact Assessment Programme of the United States Department of Transportation is not yet available in this country in full. I have seen the executive summary, however, and will arrange for a copy to be placed in the House of Commons Library. The report concludes that operations of present-day supersonic transport aircraft and those currently scheduled to enter service will cause climatic effects which are much smaller than what is minimally detectable; and that future harmful effects to the environment can be avoided if timely measures are taken.This conclusion, which is in line with the findings of joint Anglo-French research on the same subject, should be helpful towards our immediate objective of getting Concorde into airline service as soon as possible.