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Heathrow

Volume 408: debated on Thursday 3 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what occasions in the past 12 months his officials have met those from the Department of Transport to discuss the implications for public health of a third runway at Heathrow. [122169]

No meetings to discuss, specifically, the possible impacts on health of a third runway at Heathrow have been held. Discussion between officials is on how the health impacts of any airport development should be handled by the Department for Transport following its present consultation on the future development of air transport. Department of Health officials are involved in an integrated policy appraisal of the proposed expansion.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of implications for public health of the construction of terminal five at Heathrow, with particular reference to levels of air pollution. [122170]

The Department of Health has made no assessment on the possible impacts on health of construction of a fifth terminal at Heathrow airport. All impacts, including health were fully considered in the planning inquiry, to which local primary care trusts gave evidence.