Noise Bill makes headway

A Private Member's Bill to extend control over noise in streets received its second reading in the House of Commons on 22 January. It now has a good chance of becoming law, not least because it is broadly in line with legislative proposals announced by the Government last year.

The Noise and Statutory Nuisance Bill was introduced by Andrew Hunter (Con, Basingstoke) and has support from another eleven Tory MPs. After passing the crucial second reading stage it will now be considered by a standing committee.

The Bill is believed to have been drafted with assistance from the Department of the Environment (DoE), and its provisions are consistent with a DoE consultation paper issued last June (ENDS Report 209, pp 30-

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