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The Transport Committee's Sixth Report of the 2002-03 Session, on Aviation (HC 454-I), will be published on Thursday 17 July at 11.30am at a Press Conference at 11.30am in Committee Room 16.

The Government recently closed its consultation on the future of aviation policy for the UK. The consultation is to inform the Government to what extent, how and where the future demand for aviation should be met. It will publish a White Paper on aviation by the end of 2003.

In November 2002, the Committee decided to undertake an inquiry into aviation. The Committee wished to address the questions at the heart of the consultation but in particular to focus on:

• Forecasts for the development of UK aviation industry in the medium and longer term.

• Slot and access issues:

• The implication of the recent European Court Justice decision on negotiating landing rights;

• What priority should be given to regional access to London?

• The use and potential extension of Public Service Obligations in the UK both for peripheral areas and to guarantee access to specific congested London airports.

• Capacity issues:

• Can and/or should demand for air travel be managed?

• Do other modes of transport provide potential substitutes for air links?

• Should development be concentrated on existing sites or extend to new ones?

• Advantages and disadvantages of concentration of air services at a limited number of airports;

• Is the Government's timescale for development of new runway capacity appropriate? Could or should anything be done to increase capacity by an earlier date?

• Is the current organisation and structure of the UK air transport industry appropriate to meet air travel market requirements for the next 30 years?

• What should be the balance between economic impact, social impact and environmental impact?

This report presents the findings of our extensive inquiry.

Advance copies of the Report will be available under embargo on Thursday 17 July in the Press Gallery from 9.30 am, and to witnesses and other media from 9.30 am to 10.30am only from the Main Committee Office, Committee Corridor, House o f Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.  Witness copies not collected by 11.30 am will be posted first class. 

If you would like a copy of the report, but did not submit written or oral evidence to the inquiry, then you may purchase it from The Stationery Office Ltd (tel: 08457 023474).  The text of the report will also be available on The Stationery Office's website from approximately 15.00 on 17 July  (

Oral and Written Evidence will be published at a later date and copies will be posted to witnesses.

Press Notice   27/2002-03 11 July 2003

Eve Samson, Clerk