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Heathrow Airport: Public Consultation

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the responses to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation (a) expressed support for, (b) expressed opposition to and (c) were neutral on the construction of a third runway at Heathrow. (250113)

The consultation did not request views in this format. But an independent assessment of the nearly 70,000 responses received records 8,128 people giving “generic support for expansion” while 16,662 said they “did not want a third runway built at Heathrow”. That suggests around 45,000 respondents did not express a clear view either way on a third runway. The full details can be found in the report ‘Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport: Report on consultation responses (Ipsos MORI/Detica)’ on the Department's website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to publish the responses to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow consultation in full. (250114)

A report on the analysis of responses to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation was published on 15 January together with other material referred to in my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's statement on Britain's transport infrastructure. In addition, all of the nearly 70,000 consultation responses may be viewed by appointment at the Department for Transport's offices.

Details are on the Department's website:

www.dft.gov.uk.