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Airports: Capacity

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 5 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is still government policy to support the creation of a second runway at Stansted Airport; and [HL491]

Whether the Secretary of State for Transport's comments regarding airport capacity, as reported in the Times newspaper of 22 November, represent a change of existing government aviation policy; and [HL492]

What are the implications of the Statement made by the Secretary of State for Transport on 22 November for the policies set out in the White Paper The Future of Air Transport, published in December 2003, regarding the creation of a third runway at Heathrow Airport; and whether they will highlight each resulting change in policy accordingly; and [HL493]

Whether they will outline the proposed timetable for the creation of a second runway at Stansted Airport. [HL494]

The Government outlined their policy support for a second runway at Stansted in the 2003 Future of Air Transport White Paper. The Government’s position on this has not changed, and the airport operator expects to be in a position to submit a planning application around the turn of the year.

The Government recently published a consultation on proposals for a third runway at Heathrow. The proposed development of Heathrow does not affect the Government’s support for new capacity at Stansted. The White Paper supported two new runways in the south-east by 2030, the first to be at Stansted.