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Airports: Sales

Volume 506: debated on Monday 1 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what progress has been made on the sale of (a) Glasgow and (b) Edinburgh airports by BAA; when each such sale is expected to be completed; and if he will make a statement; (319595)

(2) when he last met representatives from (a) BAA and (b) the Competition Commission to discuss the sale of (i) Edinburgh and (ii) Glasgow airport.

The Competition Commission's market inquiry into BAA's ownership of seven UK airports included a recommendation that BAA should sell one of either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports. I have had no meetings with either BAA or the Commission on this matter. The Commission's decisions are currently the subject of legal process and it would not therefore be appropriate to comment further at this time.