Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has welcomed the start of the Judicial Review of the on airports in the South East – notably the government?s decision to opt for a proposal for expanding Luton which was different from both the options on which they consulted.

    Peter Lilley said: “I welcome the start of the court case to review the government?s plans for increased runway capacity in the South East of England. I congratulate Conservative Hertfordshire County Council and other Councils and campaign groups for launching this case.

    “As far as Luton Airport is concerned, I believe the government has no right to push ahead with an option that is different from both the options on which it consulted.

    “If the court case results in delaying the government?s plans to expand Luton while permitting expansion at other London airports that could well kill off for good their plans to make Luton the size of Gatwick. That is because, as the government?s own consultation paper made clear, once the capacity of nay of the other airports round London is increased there would be insufficient demand to make it worthwhile building a longer runway for long haul jets at Luton as well. The government?s own cost/benefit analysis shows that Luton is the least attractive of the options for runway expansion.

    “Now we are in the hands of the Courts and I will be following this case with anxious interest. The outcome will have massive implications for the environment of Hitchin and Harpenden.?