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Airports: Heathrow

Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Infrastructure Planning Commission will be operational in time to consider any planning application the operator of Heathrow Airport may bring forward for a new runway. [HL786]

The Government envisage that the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) will be established and able to start giving advice to potential applicants this autumn and ready to begin receiving applications from spring 2010. The timing of any application for a new runway is a matter for the operator of Heathrow Airport, not the Government. Whether or not the IPC would act as the decision-maker on such an application is also dependent on the availability of a designated national policy statement on airports, which is planned for publication in draft by 2011.