8293 - Aviation: Noise (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking as part of his Department's current review of noise policy to ensure that (a) tranquillity and (b) densely populated areas are clearly defined in Civil Aviation Authority guidance.

Mr Robert Goodwill

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) lead on airspace change and the process is set out in their publication CAP 725. The Department for Transport provide guidance to the CAA relating to the exercise of its air navigation functions. This sets out the Government’s position on flights over densely populated and tranquil areas. Any review of these publications would consider points made in consultation.