17th September, 2012
The House of Commons Select Committee on Transport has announced an inquiry that “will examine the Government’s aviation strategy and will focus on aviation capacity in the UK”. See the Parliament web page for full terms of reference.
The content of the inquiry in large part overlaps with both the Government’s aviation framework consultation and with the likely remit of the recently announced ‘independent commission’.
The chair of the Transport Committee, Louise Ellman, said “The debate about airport capacity in the south east has recently intensified. The Government has announced that an independent commission will be set up to look at hub capacity but it is not expected to produce its final report until 2015. I believe that a strategy for aviation capacity should not be delayed further.”