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Helicopter Noise

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations he has received on helicopter noise; and if he will make a statement; (106035)

(2) what plans he has to undertake a review of helicopter movements and noise in London in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what plans he has to implement those recommendations of the London Assembly’s recent Environmental Committee Report, ‘London in a Spin—A review of helicopter noise,’ which fall within his responsibilities; and if he will make a statement.

The Department receives complaints from time to time about the noise arising from helicopter operations, particularly in the summer months.

The London Assembly Environment Committee’s report “London in a spin—A review of helicopter noise” was received with interest by the Department. The Department has no immediate plans to regulate helicopters more closely. The recommendations in the report are substantial and I will be meeting with representatives of the Committee in December to discuss these further.