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Transport

Volume 688: debated on Monday 1 February 2021

Transport Decarbonisation

The following is an extract from oral questions to the Secretary of State for Transport on Thursday 28 January 2021.

With our borders open and our schools closed and the Prime Minister introducing new quarantine measures, the recent aviation test and release announcement is now in tatters. We want to decarbonise and we want to give the industry confidence, but the Jet Zero Council, much lauded by the Prime Minister, has met only once and has no workstreams and the Government are dithering over financing the airspace modernisation programme. When will the Secretary of State step up?

I am disappointed that the hon. Gentleman missed my speech yesterday at Davos where I addressed that subject in detail. In fact, I want to correct the record of the House: the Jet Zero Council has actually met on two occasions and—wait for the punchline—has sub-committees that have met on many occasions, because they are the work horses of the Jet Zero Council and they bring together academia, the sector itself, Government and international partners to deliver zero-carbon flight by 2020. I refer him to my speech of yesterday, which he can get to from my tweet at @grantshapps.

[Official Report, 28 January 2021, Vol. 688, c. 537.]

Letter of correction from the Secretary of State for Transport:

An error has been identified in my response to the hon. Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane).

The correct response should have been:

I am disappointed that the hon. Gentleman missed my speech yesterday at Davos where I addressed that subject in detail. The Jet Zero Council has met on one occasion but has sub-committees that have met on many occasions, because they are the work horses of the Jet Zero Council and they bring together academia, the sector itself, Government and international partners to deliver zero-carbon flight by 2020. I refer him to my speech of yesterday, which he can get to from my tweet at @grantshapps.