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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the possibility of the commercial use of airships for the movement of (a) freight and (b) passengers in the United Kingdom. (92424)

No studies have been undertaken in this area, but there are no specific restrictions on such operations. Any proposals by commercial companies would be considered under the normal licensing requirements of the Air Navigation Order and European Licensing Regulations.