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Third London Airport

Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why he decided that his Department should not give oral evidence at the inquiry into a third London airport; and if he will reconsider his decision in order to allow the oral examination of witnesses representing his Department by counsel representing the North of England regional consortium.

My right hon. Friend has made no such decision. It has already been made clear to the Stansted inquiry that, if the inspector were to consider that a witness from the Department of the Environment would be of material assistance, one would be provided.