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International Flights

Volume 408: debated on Thursday 3 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) when he last discussed the promotion of Scottish direct international flights with the Department for Transport; [121144](2) what his policy is towards promotion of direct international flights from Scotland's airports. [121155]

I recognise the importance of developing new direct flight connections into Scotland and have discussed this with the Scottish Executive.Responsibility for furthering economic development lies with the Scottish Executive, which has recently established a Route Development Fund to support introduction of new routes.