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Luton Airport

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his officials were last in touch with Luton borough council about the prospective sale of Luton international airport to private sector owners; and what issues or problems were then discussed.

I very much welcome the moves by Luton council to sell Luton airport to the private sector. My officials communicate regularly with officers of Luton borough council on a range of airport matters, including its possible sale. My hon. Friend will be aware that the council was recommended by its advisers to await the Civil Aviation Authority's advice to my right hon. Friend on airport and airspace capacity before holding detailed discussions with interested parties. Publication of the authority's advice is expected next month.