Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he intends to make a full environmental impact statement about options for expansion of airports in the south-east of England. [80711]

    Mr. Spellar: The “Appraisal Framework for Airports in the South East and Eastern Regions of England” published in November 2000 sets out the indicators for assessing the impacts of the runway options published in the “Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: South East” consultation. This includes a range of key environmental impacts such as noise, local air quality, climate change, townscape, landscape, biodiversity, heritage, and water.

    The consultation seeks views on these and other key impacts associated with the runway options. Responses on these issues will be important considerations in the final decisions for the air transport White Paper which we will publish next year.