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Airports: Gatwick

Volume 713: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will permit the construction of a second runway at Gatwick Airport. [HL5908]

The Government's policy in respect of Gatwick Airport remains as set out in the 2003 Future of Air Transport White Paper. The Government would not support the construction of a second runway there before 2019; and would only support it after 2019 under certain narrowly defined circumstances.

The 2003 White Paper sets out a policy framework to guide decisions on future planning applications. Under the terms of the Planning Act 2008, a decision on any planning application for a second runway at Gatwick would be likely to be a matter for the newly established Infrastructure Planning Commission.