Coalition against International Terrorism

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:35 am on 4th October 2001.

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Photo of Mr John Wilkinson Mr John Wilkinson Conservative, Ruislip - Northwood 9:35 am, 4th October 2001

Will the President, I mean the Prime Minister[Interruption.] I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman knows what I mean. Does he agree that suicide aerial terrorists have been waging psychological and economic warfare against the west and that the effect on the air transport industries in particular has been especially grave? Is it not the case that two state carriers have had to seek the protection of their Governments from bankruptcy and that many thousands of jobs have been lost, not least in this country? Will he assure the House that the Government will take specific measures to give airlines the resources to mount the security measures necessary and that, if necessary, airport departure tax will also be lifted?