Welcoming the introduction of the new powers, environment minister James Clappison said:
'Separating the thoughtless noisemaker from his noise-making equipment can be one of the most effective ways of stopping noise that is a nuisance. These new powers will provide local authorities with a swift and effective remedy to tackle some of the most serious cases.
'In addition to the new power of seizure, the Noise Act introduces a new offence, based on an objective standard against which noise from domestic premises at night can be assessed. Mr Clappison continued:
'Our aim is that the new night noise offence will be available for those local authorities who choose to adopt it from April 1997.'