RAF Northolt

Defence written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) if he will publish an impact assessment of the decision to increase the number of civilian commercial movements at RAF Northolt over the next three years; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what assessment he has made of the potential increase in pollution as a result of the increase in civilian commercial movements at RAF Northolt over the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The impact of the decision to increase the number of civilian commercial movements at RAF Northolt was addressed in an open letter published on RAF Northolt's website on 29 April 2013. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

As the proposed increase in the number of civilian commercial movements is within existing limits no new assessment of the potential increase in pollution was undertaken. A full environmental noise survey was conducted in 1996; ad hoc assessments have been carried out during the intervening period and a further environmental noise survey is planned later this year.

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