asked the Secretary of State for Trade what restrictions are to be applied to night jet movements at Heathrow and Gatwick in the winter period from 1st November 1977 to 31st March 1978.
I have decided that the number of night jet movements permitted in the coming winter should be 2,000 at Heathrow and 1,400 at Gatwick. This represents a cut of 200 in the quotas at both airports last winter. The hours of restriction will be unchanged. This decision continues the progressive reductions in the permitted level of night time disturbance and is compatible with both long term strategies proposed in the consultation document "Night Disturbance from Aircraft Noise at Heathrow and Gatwick".