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Airports: Construction

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's planned spend on matters related to the expansion of Heathrow and Stansted airports is in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11. (234900)

The 2003 Future of Air Transport White Paper made clear that the Government would not fund airport development. That would be the responsibility of the airport operator. However, we are committed to the delivery of the policies in the White Paper and for 2008-09 our non-staff costs for Heathrow and Stansted expansion related work is budgeted at £1.5 million. This includes provision for follow-up work to the “Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport” consultation exercise and preparation for the Department's potential involvement in the Stansted second runway planning inquiry.

Resources for subsequent years are currently the subject of internal business planning which will take account of the latest position on developments with both airports.