Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    “Yesterday, at Question Time in the House of Commons, I asked the Transport Minister to confirm that he is not now considering options for Luton, such as building taxiways, different from those set out in the government‘s consultation document. Sadly, such confirmation was not forthcoming. It is imperative, therefore, that we continue this fight to the end.”

    “I urge everyone who can to come along to the meeting on the Luton Airport expansion proposals which is being organised by Hertfordshire County Council at 7.30pm next Thursday 22nd May at Hitchin Town Hall so that the government can be in no doubt about our opposition to over-expansion of the airport.


    Note to Editors: Attached is an extract from yesterday‘s Hansard with Mr Lilley‘s supplementary question to the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, David Jamieson, :

    Mr. Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden): I welcome the downgrading of the proposals for expansion of Luton airport from an assumption to an option, but will the Minister confirm that he is not now considering different options, such as the building of taxi ways? Such options have not been included in the consultation document, and my constituents have not been asked to give their views on them.

    Mr. Jamieson: I can tell the right hon. Gentleman that no decisions have been made, and that none will be made until the end of the consultation period. He will appreciate that not only the options put forward by the Government in the consultation document have been commented on, and that many contributors to the consultation produced ideas that did not appear in the consultation document. Those ideas will have to be considered very carefully, and weighed against each other. There are very wide-ranging views on all these matters, and we must consider them all very carefully after the end of June.