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Helicopters: Noise

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the debate of 15 January 2007, Official Report, columns 626-34, on helicopter flights (London), what progress has been made on the complaints procedure for helicopter noise. (243195)

The Civil Aviation Authority's Directorate of Airspace Policy (CAA DAP) has developed a strategy for answering helicopter noise complaints. This includes a well publicised contact point that receives noise complaints from across the UK. Further details are available on the CAA website www.caa.co.uk .

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the debate of 15 January 2007, Official Report, columns 626-34, on helicopter flights (London), how many helicopter flights have been permitted to depart from the designated route in the London control zone in each year for which figures are available. (243196)

Neither the Department for Transport nor the Civil Aviation Authority maintain statistics on the number of helicopter flights that have been permitted to depart from the designated routes in the London control zone.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the debate of 15 January 2007, Official Report, columns 626-34, on helicopter flights (London), what progress his Department, the Civil Aviation Authority and the National Air Traffic Service have made in collecting more comprehensive data on helicopter noise in London. (243197)

Following discussions between the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and NATS, a mechanism has been agreed with NATS to provide data on helicopter movements over London. This data is published at regular intervals on the CAA website at the following link

www.caa.co.uk.