asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied that adequate resources are available to the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering at Silsoe for the purposes of carrying out research into the reduction of noise levels on tractors, without loss of power; what support the Government are providing; and if he will make a statement.
I am satisfied with the adequacy of resources available to the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering for carrying out research into the reduction of noise levels on tractors. This study includes noise reduction at source in relation to engine design and rating. Also receiving consideration is the acoustic absorption of cabs, tractor and cab structural resonance, optimum mounting arrangements for cabs and investigation of acoustic materials. My Department supports the work under the arrangements for commissioning research and development with the Agricultural Research Council and in the current year expenditure is expected to be about £15,000.