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Italian Cloth (Imports)

Volume 972: debated on Friday 2 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what are the monthly import figures of Italian cloth, by value and by metres, into the United Kingdom since January 1978.

Following are details of United Kingdom imports of worsted and woollen fabric consigned from Italy:the location of a third London airport, he will call for studies to be made at each site under consideration plotting the noise and number index down to 25 NNI, and publishing the results with an indication of the populations affected; and if he will further cause similar comparative studies to be made of night time noise.

I shall form my own judgment once I have received the advice of the bodies now considering this matter, but a separate study is already in hand on aircraft noise and sleep disturbance.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what consultations he plans to have with the Kent county council as a result of the listing of Maplin as one of the possible sites for a third London airport; if he accepts that Kent would suffer from serious noise nuisance and even more serious night time noise nuisance from such an airport; and if he will study the noise contour maps produced by noise consultants, copies of which have been sent to him by the hon. Member for Faversham.

I understand that noise contour maps have been prepared by the study group on South-East airports for the six sites it is evaluating. I shall consider these when I have its report, together with any other relevant information available to me.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is the likely time scale of decision-making for the location of a third London airport, indicating whether he has yet received the final report from the study group and whether a White Paper will be published.

The reports of the two advisory bodies which are currently considering the question of a third London airport are expected to be completed shortly. A statement will be made as soon as the Government have reached a view on the matter.