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Aviation: Climate Change

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they reconcile their encouragement of airport expansion in the Future of Air Transport White Paper of December 2003 with the finding of the Stern report that there is a need to reduce air travel. [HL116]

The Stern report did not find that there is a need to reduce air travel—it very clearly set out that, rather than sectoral targets, flexibility in abatement across targets, time periods and countries is essential to ensure that costs are kept down to a manageable 1 per cent of 2050 GDP.

The Department for Transport expects to publish a progress report on the air transport White Paper (ATWP) by the end of 2006. The report will set out progress so far and take account of developments since publication, including the Stern report.