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Heathrow Airport: Night Flying

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of night flights to and from Heathrow airport on the London economy; and if he will make a statement. (126296)

In making its decision about the restrictions to apply to night flying at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports from October 2006 to October 2012, the Government took account of the combined effects on the national economy of night flights at these airports. There has been no separate specific consideration of the impact of night flying at Heathrow on the London economy.

A regulatory impact assessment was published on 6 June 2006, when the Secretary of State announced the restrictions on night flying to apply at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports from October 2006. It makes a broad statement on the economic importance of night flying at the designated airports and discusses the economic evidence presented by consultees in response to the stage two consultation on the proposed restrictions. This document is on the internet at the following address:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/aviation/environmentalissues/nighthgs/