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Baa

Transport written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Shadow Secretary of State, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Hansard, column 532W, on Heathrow Airport, on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) departmental officials met BAA representatives to discuss proposals for Heathrow Airport expansion in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

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

Since January 2006, Ministers have met regularly with BAA to discuss general aviation issues. These meetings covered a wide range of topics, which may have included the expansion of Heathrow.

Date (week commencing) Minister
6 March 2006 Alistair Darling
22 May 2006 Douglas Alexander
29 January 2007 Douglas Alexander
5 March 2007 Douglas Alexander
14 May 2007 Douglas Alexander
18 June 2007 Douglas Alexander
10 September 2007 Jim Fitzpatrick
7 April 2008 Ruth Kelly
28 April 2008 Ruth Kelly
21 July 2008 Ruth Kelly
1 September 2008 Ruth Kelly

In addition to these meetings, there were other occasions on which Ministers met with BAA to discuss issues such as airport security or surface access; or to discuss airports other than Heathrow.

Due to IT changes, officials' diaries are not available before April 2008, or July 2008 in some cases. Meetings with BAA have taken place as follows:

Date Officials
9 April 2008 John Parkinson (Head of Airports Policy, DFT) and Martin Jones (Head of Strategic Roads)
3 July 2008 Jonathan Moor (Director of Airports Strategy, DFT) and John Parkinson
17 July 2008 Jonathan Moor and John Parkinson
22 July 2008 Quarterly meeting with BAA, attended by Simon Webb (Director General of Internal Networks and Environment, DFT) and Jonathan Moor
26 August 2008 Jonathan Moor and John Parkinson
3 September 2008 Simon Webb and Jonathan Moor
18 September 2008 Jonathan Moor and John Parkinson
3 October 2008 Quarterly meeting with BAA, attended by Simon Webb and Jonathan Moor
6 November 2008 Jonathan Moor and John Parkinson
14 November 2008 Jonathan Moor and David Hart (Head of International Networks Analysis and Support)
24 November 2008 Jonathan Moor and John Parkinson

Again, these meetings covered a wide variety of topics, which may have included the expansion of Heathrow.

Note that officials and ministers have met with BAA following the closure of the Heathrow consultation; but none of these meetings have discussed Heathrow.

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