Airports

Transport written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on airport capacity of the ruling of the Supreme Court of 1 May 2013 on ClientEarth v. The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the UK's breach of its obligations to comply with the Air Quality Directive.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department for Transport

No assessment of this has been made. The Government has set up the Airports Commission to examine the question of how best to maintain the UK's international hub connectivity. The Government expects, in line with its terms of reference, that the Airports Commission will take account environmental factors including air quality when reaching its recommendation.

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