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Lorries (Noise Nuisance)

Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he intends to implement the recommendation of the Foster committee report, paragraph 9.38, that an assessment be made of the number of houses throughout the United Kingdom whose occupiers have had to evacuate rooms fronting on to the street as a result of the nuisance caused by lorries.

Research is already carried out at my Department's Transport and Road Research Laboratory to assess the level of noise and other nuisance caused by lorries and the effects on occupiers of property, although not in precisely the same terms as those suggested in paragraph 9.38 of the Foster committee report. My assessment of the report as a whole is now virtually complete and I shall be publishing the Government's response as soon as possible.