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Heathrow Airport

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many visits she has made to Heathrow Airport to meet representatives of (a) businesses and the aviation industry and (b) local residents associations affected by Heathrow expansion in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008 to date. (189605)

[holding answer 27 February 2008]: The Secretary of State, Ministers and Department for Transport officials have met a number of stakeholders in a variety of locations to discuss the Heathrow Consultation. The Department engaged with the local community at a series of dedicated roadshows.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings she has held with (a) BAA, (b) HACAN ClearSkies, (c) 2M group and (d) Future Heathrow Group on Heathrow expansion since her appointment. (193991)

Since July the Secretary of State has held regular meetings at a senior level with BAA. These have covered a range of issues pertinent to BAA airports including Heathrow. Although the Secretary of State has not met HACAN ClearSkies or the 2M group, I have held meetings with these groups since July either individually or as part of meetings with a wider stakeholder attendance. Both myself and the Secretary of State have met with Future Heathrow Group on one occasion since July.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effects of each option for Heathrow expansion as set out in the adding capacity at Heathrow consultation on local public health, with particular reference to (a) air quality, (b) nitrogen oxide emissions and (c) noise pollution; and if she will make a statement. (194042)

Our work has been focused primarily on demonstrating compliance with limits on local air quality pollutants and noise. The former relate to European obligations under Directives whose key objectives are protecting human health. The public health impacts of aviation are considered in the development of our policies. We monitor the continuing research on the effects of noise on human health. In addition we take account of existing guidelines and long-term targets recommended by the World Health Organisation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Minister in her Department approved the consultation document on the third runway at Heathrow. (195183)

[holding answer 19 March 2008]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State approved the consultation document which was then subject to the collective Cabinet clearance process.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people from each London borough submitted representations to the Heathrow third runway consultation. (195707)

The ‘Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport’ consultation ended on 27 February. We are not yet in a position to provide data on the numbers of responses received or provide any breakdowns.