Clause 1 — Aerodrome charges: noise and emissions

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 1:00 pm on 12th October 2006.

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Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport 1:00 pm, 12th October 2006

With the leave of the House, I am disappointed by Opposition Members' approach to the Bill; their criticisms are not true. The provisions on policing and security at airports, better consumer protection and environmental measures at airports are important to people up and down the country, and it is regrettable that the Opposition have not accepted that.

On clause 1, the Government believe that it would be disproportionate to require every single licensed aerodrome to impose noise-related and emissions charges, no matter how small or remote the aerodrome or how limited the environmental impact—I emphasise that we are not in the business of over-regulating business for no good reason.

I was interested in the points made by Mr. Brazier about the environment, which prompt the question of what specific proposals the Opposition will introduce on environmental mitigation.