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Noise Insulation

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations govern the eligibility of householders for grants to cover the cost of insulation when traffic noise levels exceed 68 decibels.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: The Noise Insulation Regulations 1975 govern eligibility for an offer of insulation or grant to owners or tenants of dwellings and other buildings used for residential purposes. The criteria in the regulations apply in respect of new or altered roads. There is no provision for insulation against increased traffic noise from existing roads.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the total value of insulation work carried out and grants made (a) as a duty under regulation 3 of the Noise Insulation Regulations 1975 and (b) as a power under regulation 4 of those regulations, since 1985.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: Information on expenditure for noise insulation is not held in the form requested. Since 1985 the total value of insulation work carried out and grants made in respect of the trunk road programme in England is estimated at £7 million. This figure includes insulation provided under regulations 3 and 4 and under regulation 5 against construction noise.