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Airport Runway Capacity

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Government expect to decide on the provision of extra runway capacity at the three main London airports owned by the successor company to BAA. (110627)

The White Paper “The Future of Air Transport”, published in December 2003, sets out the Government’s support for the development of two new runways in the south-east. This approach is reiterated in the Progress Report on the White Paper published in December 2006. The Government support the development of a second runway at Stansted Airport, and a third runway at Heathrow, provided that stringent environmental conditions can be met.

We expect BAA to make a planning application for a second runway at Stansted later this year. In addition, we expect to consult this year on further expansion of Heathrow in the light of the outputs of environmental assessment work. Following the outcome of the consultation, it will, however, be for BAA, as the airport operator, to bring forward any development proposals for Heathrow for consideration through the planning system in the normal way.