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Heathrow Airport

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether Heathrow Airport has exceeded the number of flights operating during the night quota period in each season since winter 2006-07; (179291)

(2) whether Heathrow Airport has exceeded the quota count points system for noise levels during the night quota period in each season since winter 2006-07.

Heathrow airport has operated consistently within the Government’s night flight regime requirements. This regime specifies seasonal maxima covering both aircraft movements and noise quota amounts. The maxima for the seasons from winter 2006-07 to date are as follows:

Winter 2006-07

Summer 2007

Winter 2007-08

Movements

2,550

3,250

2,550

Quota

4,140

5,610

4,140

The night restrictions regime has recognised for a number of years that there will be occasions when the airport can be affected by extraordinary circumstances which cannot be anticipated (for example aircraft delays caused by security, severe weather or ATC situations). Accordingly, in such circumstances, there is provision under the regime that flights may be dispensed i.e. will not count against the limits.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which individuals and organisations have been sent a copy of the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation document; and if she will make a statement. (179450)

[holding answer 16 January 2008]: On the launch of the ‘Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport’ consultation we sent out 766 consultation documents to a wide range of organisations, as set out in Annex G of the consultation document. The full list of these organisations has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

We also sent out over 217,000 Summary Documents to residents around the airport, which recommends that they request the full Consultation Document to inform their response. To date we have sent over 900 copies of the consultation document to a range of different organisations, interests and members of the public who have requested a copy. Our obligations under data protection legislation prevent us from releasing the names of individuals concerned. The consultation document is available at the consultation exhibitions which we are running in the communities around the airport. To date, 470 copies of the Consultation Document have been given out at the exhibitions. Seven of these exhibitions had taken place by 15 January, with five remaining.