Air Transport

Transport written question – answered on 14th April 2003.

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Photo of Mr Andy King Mr Andy King Labour, Rugby and Kenilworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) what preliminary assessment has been made of the risks of birds colliding with aircraft at the Midlands New Site proposed in "The Future of Air Transport in the UK Midlands", with particular reference to the gull roost at Draycote Water;

(2) what research has been commissioned to assess the risks of birds colliding with aircraft at the Midlands New Site proposed in "The Future of Air Transport in the UK Midlands"; and what plans he has to commission further research.

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

In the background document "Midlands New Site: Option Appraisal Report, Volume One: Main Report" we identified the issue of birdstrike. We are considering this issue further through the analysis of the consultation responses and we will decide what further work, if any, is required in the light of these responses.

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