Transport written question – answered on 14th April 2003.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Liberal Democrat Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the European Commission about the implications of an airport at Cliffe for sites designated under the (a) EU Birds Directive and (b) EU Habitats Directive; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr David Jamieson Mr David Jamieson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

holding answer 10 April 2003

During the on-going airports consultation, the European Commission has written to officials in my Department setting out the requirements of Council Directives relating to Special Protection Areas, in relation to the option for a new airport at Cliffe.

The Government were already aware of these requirements and drew attention to them in chapter 11.17 of the south-east consultation document.

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