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Environmental Nuisance

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 18 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce measures to empower local authorities to control environmental nuisance emanating from (a) microlight aircraft and hang-gliders and (b) scramble motor-cycles.

No. As my hon. Friend, the Under-Secretary of State for Trade told the House on Monday 15 November—[Vol. 32, c. 2]—responsibility for the environmental impact of microlight aircraft rests with his Department and he is currently considering what action to take; however, I am aware that there is considerable public anxiety and I have, in fact. recently expressed my own concern to him. Local authorities already have powers under S58 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 to control noise nuisance from motorcycle scrambling.