COMMONS

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee to question Theresa Villiers

14 June 2012

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will hear from Theresa Villiers MP and the UK Border Agency on Wednesday 20 June.

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Witnesses

At 2.30 pm

  • Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport

At 3.45 pm

  • Jonathan Sedgwick, International Director, UK Border Agency

The Committee is inquiring into:

  • the implications of current air links for Northern Ireland, specifically the  economy;
  • regional and international connectivity;
  • the  lack of public transport links to, and between, Belfast International, Belfast City and City of Derry airports;
  • the implications for Northern Ireland of the Civil Aviation Bill;
  • the implications of the proposed takeover of BMI by IAG; and
    tax policy.

Information released by the NI Chamber of Commerce and BAA on 14 February 2012 stated that:

  • One in ten jobs in Northern Ireland depend on foreign investment, and half of those companies can only reach their home market through a hub airport;
  • Aviation supports £1bn of exports from Northern Ireland;
    Foreign tourists spend £195m a year in Northern Ireland and account for 360,000 visits – 150,000 of whom arrive by air; and
  • Northern Ireland benefits directly from having a global hub in Britain, with Heathrow directly supporting 1,000 tourism jobs and 900 airport jobs in Northern Ireland.

The Committee has previously heard oral evidence from representatives of Belfast International Airport, George Best Belfast City Airport, City of Derry Airport, CBI Northern Ireland, ABTA, Unite, the Consumer Council for NI and BALPA.

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