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Heathrow Airport

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who decided that his Department's communications directorate would gather information on those opposed to the planned expansion of Heathrow on environmental grounds; who decided that such information would be passed to the police; on what date each decision was made; and if he will make a statement. (273987)

The Department for Transport continually seeks to understand the views of all those with an interest in transport policy. The communications directorate contributes to this process by researching material in the public domain such as websites, press releases and editorial comment and through holding public consultations.

In advance of public events, the Department often liaises with the police to seek advice on how to ensure the safety of everyone attending be it staff or members of the public. The consultation on Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport involved public events at 12 locations. It is therefore entirely appropriate that the Department discussed safety arrangements with the relevant police forces as part of the planning for those events.