To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
(1) when he expects the South East Airports Task Force to publish its findings;
(2) whether the terms of reference of the South East Airports Task Force will include (a) the travel needs of passengers, (b) the interests of airline and airport employees and (c) the current and future economic effects on local areas of the airports under review; and if he will make a statement.
The terms of reference for the South East Airports Taskforce will be agreed following the first meeting of the group. The primary focus of the taskforce will be on addressing operational matters that will help improve the passenger experience.
The Air Transport Users Council will specifically represent passenger interests and we will look to airport operators to engage with local communities over any emerging actions that may affect them.
We expect the taskforce to complete its work by summer 2011 and I am hopeful that it can identify some actions for early implementation.