Aviation

Transport written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Simon Kirby Simon Kirby Conservative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to promote the growth of the aviation industry in the UK.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The UK has a strong and successful air transport sector, with an annual turnover of around £26 billion. Airports and airlines operate on a commercial basis, but the Department for Transport is taking appropriate steps to promote the sustainable growth of the aviation industry in the UK, consistent with meeting our global and local environmental objectives.

Enterprise Zones around airports such as Manchester, Cardiff, Luton aim to generate new businesses and jobs through a combination of fiscal measures and simplified planning controls. Investments in road and rail access to airports—such as Regional Growth Fund awards of £19.5 million, £40 million and £18 million for improvements around Luton, Manston and Robin Hood airports respectively—will promote growth as well as improve the passenger experience.

We intend to publish a sustainable aviation policy framework for UK aviation in July, which will set out further details of the steps the Department is taking.

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John Byng
Posted on 5 Jul 2012 12:26 pm (Report this annotation)

The Minister says " the Department for Transport is taking appropriate steps to promote the sustainable growth of the aviation industry in the UK, consistent with meeting our global and local environmental objectives. "

In doing so the Ministry should consider whether the aviation industry is already being over promoted by the tax concessions (worth over £8 billion a year in the UK). Such overpromotion of one economic sector at the expense of others is not good economics and will hamper our recovery.