Aviation: Sustainable Development

Transport written question – answered on 11th March 2008.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Conservative, Altrincham and Sale West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times she, her Ministers or her officials have met representatives of (a) Friends of the Earth, (b) Greenpeace, (c) the World Wildlife Fund, (d) AirportWatch, (e) the Aviation Environment Federation, (f) HACAN Clearskies, (g) Stop Stansted Expansion, (h) Plane Stupid, (i) the Council for the Protection of Rural England, (j) the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, (k) the Woodland Trust and (l) Enoughsenough to discuss the sustainable growth of aviation in the UK since September 2007.

Photo of Brian H Donohoe Brian H Donohoe Labour, Central Ayrshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) she, (b) her Ministers and (c) her officials have met representatives of (i) Friends of the Earth, (ii) Greenpeace, (iii) WWF-UK, (iv) Airportwatch, (v) Stop Stansted Expansion, (vi) Plane Stupid, (vii) the Aviation Environment Federation, (viii) Enough's Enough, (ix) Hacan Clearskies, (x) the Campaign to Protect Rural England, (xi) the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and (xii) the Woodland Trust to discuss issues related to the sustainable growth of aviation in the UK in the last six months; and how often such meetings have taken place.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State met a number of representatives of environmental groups, including many of these organisations, on 10 September 2007. In addition I had a meeting with a range of environmental groups, including many of these and others on 21 November in connection with the Department's consultation on adding capacity at Heathrow.

Officials meet representatives of environmental groups regularly, for example in meetings of the External Advisory Group on the Air Transport White Paper, or on an ad hoc basis to discuss specific issues.

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