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Aviation: Noise

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely impact proposals by the National Air Traffic Service to redraw the aircraft route map across Southern and Eastern England will have on aircraft noise in High Wycombe and Marlow in (a) 2009 and (b) 2014. (191596)

It is not for the Secretary of State to assess the impact of NATS' airspace change proposals on noise in High Wycombe and Marlow.

The process for making changes to airspace is governed by the independent Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)'s airspace change process as set out in the Airspace Charter (CAP724) and Guidance on the Airspace Change Process (CAP725).

NATS, the sponsor of the proposed change, is responsible for developing and consulting upon proposals. Detailed guidance is given on what impacts are to be taken into account, how they should be measured and who should be consulted. Informed by the consultation, the sponsor will submit the proposal to the CAA's Directorate of Airspace Policy for assessment. In determining whether to accept or reject a proposal, the CAA's process will reflect the Secretary of State's Directions and Guidance to the CAA on the exercise of its statutory duties and environmental objectives.