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Lord Whitty: I am glad the noble Lord said that this was a probing amendment and I am sure he will forgive me if I do not pursue him down the road of discussing Terminal 5, for obvious reasons.

The definition of ambient noise for the purposes of the strategy will include aircraft noise, principally because such noise contributes significantly to noise levels and has its effect within the capital. However, the inclusion of aircraft noise in the mayor's assessment of the ambient noise climate will provide information. It will not alter the essential powers but its inclusion will help to inform him as to the impact of his strategies and enable the development of proposals to promote measures to reduce ambient noise levels and their impact on those living and working in London.

The only power that it is envisaged may be changed is one to give the mayor the right to be consulted about any changes in departure or arrival routes, or changes in capacity at the airports which may have significant environmental effects, and for his views to be taken into account. That is the only power the mayor will have in respect of aircraft movements. Existing powers, both national and international, will therefore not be affected. Amendments to give that right to consultation will be brought forward at Report stage and we may wish to look in slightly greater detail at whether the clauses as drafted are sufficient.

We will come back at Report stage on that wider issue, but as far as the noble Lord's concerns about where the power of final decision will lie, this will not affect those powers and responsibilities as they stand at present. I hope that the noble Lord will, therefore, withdraw his probing amendment. We shall doubtless return to the point on Report.

Lord Brabazon of Tara: That was a most successful probing amendment, because the Minister has said that he will bring something back on Report. I hope that he will consider in the meantime the question of international obligations which are laid down in Section 33(9). Will that include the guidelines of the international civil aviation organisations? I hope that the Minister will consider that point on Report. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

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[Amendments No. 452WA and 452XA not moved.]

Clause 297 agreed to.

Clause 298 agreed to.

Clause 299 [Abolition of the London Ecology Committee]:

Lord Whitty moved Amendment No. 452YA:

Page 158, line 4, leave out ("On the establishment of the Authority,")

The noble Lord said: I wish also to speak to Amendment No. 452ZA. As the Committee will be aware, the Bill will abolish three existing organisations--the London Planning Advisory Committee, the London Ecology Committee and the London Research Centre--and subsume them into the main body of the Greater London Authority. We have already made clear our intention to abolish all three of those organisations on 1st April 2000 in order to allow a smooth transition to the new authority.

The amendments deal with a technical problem in that the Bill, as currently drafted, only allows us to abolish the London Ecology Committee on the establishment of the authority--that is, after the GLA elections have taken place. That would not allow us to plan properly in advance for the establishment of the GLA, which is clearly desirable. The amendments correct the position and put the London Ecology Committee on the same basis as LPAC and the London Research Centre. I beg to move.

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On Question, amendment agreed to.

Lord Whitty moved Amendment No. 452ZA:

Page 158, line 6, leave out ("shall cease to exist") and insert ("is abolished by this section")

On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendment No. 452ZAA not moved.]

Clause 299, as amended, agreed to.

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I beg to move that the House do now resume.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

House resumed.

Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) Bill

Returned from the Commons earlier this day agreed to.

Employment Relations Bill

Returned from the Commons earlier this day with the Lords amendment in lieu agreed to.

Local Government Bill

Returned from the Commons with the amendments agreed to.

        House adjourned at sixteen minutes before midnight.

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