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Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what discussions his Department has had with (a) Lord Turner of Ecchinswell and (b) other members of the Committee on Climate Change on the effect on lifeline flights of proposed targets for aviation emissions; (285958)

(2) what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Committee on Climate Change on the effect on plans to expand Heathrow Airport of the proposed aviation emissions targets.

The Committee on Climate Change will provide independent advice to the Government by December 2009 this year on the 2050 UK aviation carbon dioxide emissions target. The Committee is currently undertaking analysis of a range of factors that might contribute to meeting the target. The Department for Transport meets from time to time with the Committee on Climate Change at ministerial and official level in order to provide information in support of the Committee's analytical work on the 2050 target.

No discussions have taken place with the Committee on the effects of the target on specific aviation policy initiatives. The Government will develop their approach to achieving the target once they have received the Committee's advice.