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Airships (Noise)

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 25 March 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken to reduce the level of noise from airships overflying London.

Following representations that were made to me last year by my hon. Friend and others, my Department held urgent discussions with Airship Industries, which, I know, is anxious to ensure that the operation of its airships is acceptable environmentally. During the winter modifications have been introduced which makes the airship quieter. Further improvement is possible but it will take time. It has, therefore, agreed, as an interim measure, to introduce a number of operational noise reduction procedures while the research and development is proceeding. These procedures will result in very significant reductions in ground noise levels. I understand that the Goodyear airship will not be returning this year.