Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 5 June 2018 on Airports National Policy Statement, Official Report, column 169, whether there are any existing (a) legal mechanisms and (b) legally contracted agreements in place with Heathrow Airport Limited to enable the ringfencing of slots on a new runway at Heathrow Airport.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government can designate a new Public Service Obligation route from a regional airport to a city airport in addition to an existing route operating to that city.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had meetings with Heathrow Airport Limited since June 2017; and if he will place a copy of the minutes of those meetings in the Library.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials of his Department have met with the (i) Department for Transport and (ii) Heathrow Airport Limited to discuss air pollution since June 2017; and if he will place copies of the minutes of those meetings in the Library.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what current routes by (a) route origin and destination, (b) airline carrier and (c) notified date of route closure have been flagged by airlines in accordance with the voluntary early warning system as set out in paragraphs 25 to 28 of his Department's Guidance on the Protection of Regional Air Access to London, published on 19 December 2013.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with British Airways on its plans to reduce Leeds Bradford Airport routes to London Heathrow; and if he will make a statement.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of using a Public Service Obligation to safeguard the Leeds Bradford Airport routes that British Airways announced changes to in January 2018; and if he will make a statement.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what legal agreements are in place between his Department and Heathrow Airport Limited to guarantee existing routes between London Heathrow and regional airports; what (a) routes and (b) regional airports those agreements include; and for how long those agreements have legal force.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which of the then new regional air routes by airlines to be supported through the Regional Air Connectivity Fund, announced by his Department on 2 December 2015, are still in operation at the frequency set out in the respective airline’s accepted application.
Justine Greening: I agree with what my right hon. and learned Friend is saying. I think that, far from suggesting that his amendment was wrong, my hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg) gave the very reason why it is sensible to adopt this structural process to deal with the different scenarios that the House may face.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of new pages of documentation that have been published as part of his Department's Airport National Policy Statement on 5 June; and if he will provide a list of those documents.
Justine Greening: Will the Minister give way?
Justine Greening: I understand the point that my hon. Friend is making, but some of the detailed questions, as he has just called them, are actually questions about the feasibility of this project more broadly, and that is why they should be answered sooner and not later.
Justine Greening: Will the Minister give way again, just briefly?
Justine Greening: Again, we have had a million consultations over the years. The problem is that we are never listened to.
Justine Greening: I know the SNP are all for Scottish independence, but I am worried that they will get it by losing every single flight out of the country. I am not sure that is the kind of independence Scotland really wants. I would have thought that the SNP would be better off seizing the opportunity to develop a genuine Scottish airports strategy. One of the other airport CEOs who is concerned about...
Justine Greening: It is even better than that. If Heathrow happens to end up incurring any costs, it has a ready-made legal case to claim them back from the Government. All the risks have been mitigated for this private sector company.
Justine Greening: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I start by paying tribute to the work of the Transport Committee. Having had an interest in this area for many years, I can honestly say that it has delved into the detail behind the proposal more thoroughly than I have seen in the past, and I very much welcome that. I recognise that what has been said is that there are some...
Justine Greening: My understanding, when I looked at the detail previously, was that the runway, because it is inevitably being shoehorned into a small site—even the Government response rules out a fourth runway—cannot actually take the biggest category planes. If that became the mode of transport of the future, they would not be able to use that third runway. I have real concerns about this...
Justine Greening: Unfortunately, there is a risk that my hon. Friend is right. It is impossible not to note that the former Treasury Minister Lord Deighton was in charge of infrastructure, and then within about a year of leaving the Department he popped up at Heathrow Airport Ltd. Why, despite all the evidence, is it never recognised that this project is utterly flawed? The Airports Commission’s work had...