Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution:Written question - 44201

Asked by Adam Afriyie

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Asked on: 02 September 2016
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will make it its policy that should a third runway be agreed at Heathrow Airport, that runway will not be permitted to operate if the airport breaches air quality limits.
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 07 September 2016

The Airports Commission shortlisted three airport expansion schemes, two at Heathrow and one at Gatwick. We are carefully considering the evidence in relation to all three schemes. The Government accepted the Commission’s shortlist in December 2015, and has since been undertaking a programme of further work, including on air quality, to support a decision on a preferred scheme. The Government’s decision on a preferred scheme will take into account the Government’s overall plan to improve air quality and its commitments to comply with legal obligations.

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