Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre

Transport written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Mr Howard Flight Mr Howard Flight Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) what the cost is of the software upgrade at Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre to be made by National Air Traffic Services as a result of the near-miss between a Virgin Atlantic and a Delta Airlines aircraft in November 2002;

(2) what the value is of software that will become redundant at Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre owing to the software upgrade to be carried out as a result of the near-miss between a Virgin Atlantic and a Delta Airlines aircraft in November 2002;

(3) if he will list the spending on computer systems at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre for each year since 1997.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

Spending on its computer systems is a matter for NATS. The incident in November 2002 has been assessed by the UK Airprox Board—an independent body of experts—as carrying no risk of collision. It was the result of human error and the software has been modified by NATS to preclude a repeat of such human error.

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