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Heathrow Airport

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to hold a public consultation on (a) a third runway and (b) ending runway alteration at Heathrow airport; when he expects such consultations to take place; and if he will make a statement. (104799)

We plan to consult next year on possible further development of Heathrow, following completion of our assessment of the environmental impacts. The consultation will address the impacts of a third runway. In the Air Transport White Paper we supported this in principle, provided key conditions can be met. Consultation will also cover the scope for greater utilisation of the two existing runways, which would involve loss of runway alternation.