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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 14th January 2009.

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Photo of Gordon Brown Gordon Brown The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party 11:30 am, 14th January 2009

The hon. Gentleman—I think—knows the procedure that we are following on this. First, there was a decision in principle—subject to air noise, subject to pollution and subject to access. The Secretary of State is examining this matter and he will report to Parliament. There will be a debate about what he says in the questions that follow. Then, if the matter were accepted and a proposal were put by the Secretary of State, it would go to a planning inquiry.

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David Clark
Posted on 15 Jan 2009 2:58 pm (Report this annotation)

The short answer is that the decision on Heathrow will not be put to the vote again in the Commons, despite the years that have passed and the changing circumstances. So much for democracy; it reminds me of the European referendum.

Roger Dewey
Posted on 15 Jan 2009 5:03 pm (Report this annotation)

No surprise - there will be no debate and vote in the Commons. Now Geoff Hoon has told us officially. Those of us who live near Heathrow are used to deceptions from Governments, left and right, and will continue to fight on.

Is it a coincidence that I'm just finishing reading a book about Stalin?

Garry Lelliott
Posted on 15 Jan 2009 5:46 pm (Report this annotation)

Sadly, this will NEVER go to vote in the house, the additional runway has already been bought and paid for by BAA (see my later comment). 'New' Labour are the most odious and obsequious servants to big business to have drawn breath. To see the extent of betrayal, go to http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/media_briefing/heathrow_broken...

Ian Simcox
Posted on 16 Jan 2009 9:43 am (Report this annotation)

Comrade Brown strikes again. He cares not for democracy. He is a dictator. It is an absolute disgrace that this has not been put to the house. Everyone in the country should be worried. What is to stop him now from putting an airport in any village in the country he fancies?