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Aviation

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many security breaches have been recorded on flights coming into the UK under the host state responsibility principle in each year since 1996. (103514)

Under the host state responsibility principle, states are charged with ensuring that appropriate aviation security measures are in place for flights leaving their territory, not for those entering. The Department therefore sets and enforces compliance with aviation security measures at UK airports. Its work to promote effective aviation security overseas does however help reinforce the security of flights originating in other states, including flights to the UK itself.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider deferring publication of the progress report on the Future of Air Transport White Paper to take account of the forthcoming European Commission proposal on aviation and emissions trading. (102345)

We are expecting the European Commission legislative proposal on aviation and emissions trading by the end of the year, although timing is uncertain. The Government are committed to publishing a report on progress in implementing the “Future of Air Transport” White Paper’s policies and proposals by the end of 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much carbon dioxide was attributable to UK international and domestic aviation operations in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005. (102347)

Carbon dioxide emissions from UK aviation are reported in ‘Transport Statistics Great Britain 2006’, table 3.8. at the following link:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_transstats/documents/downloadable/dft_transstats_613483.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely timetable for implementation of an effective emissions trading scheme for aviation. (102348)

The Commission aims to bring forward a legislative proposal by the end of 2006 and we will continue to press for its inclusion from 2008 or as soon as practicable. We are continuing to work with our European partners to ensure progress.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates he has made of carbon dioxide emissions from UK international and domestic aviation operations in (a) 2008, (b) 2010 and (c) 2013. (102349)

Forecast carbon dioxide emissions from UK aviation are reported in “Aviation and Global Warming”, paragraph 3.56,

http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_aviation/documents/page/_dft_aviation_031850.pdf.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what progress he has made on the commitment in paragraph 3.42 of the Future of Air Transport White Paper to continue to explore and discuss other options for tackling aviation's impact on climate change; what the outcome has been of those steps; and what steps he plans to take to implement his findings; (102506)

(2) what steps he is planning to take to exercise the right reserved in paragraph 3.42 of the Future of Air Transport White Paper to act alone or bilaterally with like-minded partners in establishing mechanisms to tackle carbon dioxide emissions from aviation.

The Government are committed to publishing a report on progress in implementing the Future of Air Transport White Paper's policies and proposals, including on environmental issues, by the end of 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to tackle the non-carbon dioxide effects of aviation on the global climate. (101773)

The Government are well aware that aviation has an impact over and above that of CO2 alone because of the other emissions released and their specific effects at altitude. We are supporting research to develop scientific understanding in this area, and have made clear that we expect aviation to contribute to our goal of climate stabilisation, and to meet its external costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential impact of an aviation tax on low-income families. (100911)

I have been asked to reply.

Decisions on taxation are taken as part of the Budget process, and take into account all relevant social, environmental and economic factors.