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Heathrow Airport

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when meetings were held between (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (b) both Ministers and officials in his Department with representatives of BAA to discuss proposals for Heathrow Airport in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (251293)

Ministers have met BAA representatives on 17 occasions since January 2006 to discuss a range of matters related to BAA’s UK airports, including Heathrow. BAA met regularly with officials to provide technical and operational expertise.

For propriety reasons, there has been no substantive discussion of Heathrow airport development issues with BAA since the launch of the “Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport” consultation in November 2007 and neither Ministers nor officials have met BAA representatives to discuss such issues since the Secretary of State announced his decisions on 15 January.