Airports National Policy Statement Debate

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Department: Department for Transport

Airports National Policy Statement

Mr Gavin Shuker Excerpts
Tuesday 5th June 2018

(2 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Jun 2018, 1:45 p.m.

Newquay is one of the principal future beneficiaries of expansion. There is a real opportunity to increase air links to a part of the country that is quite distant in existing transport terms. I am strongly of the view, as is my hon. Friend, that Newquay has the potential to flourish with Heathrow expansion, and I will happily work with him to do everything we can to make sure that happens.

Mr Gavin Shuker (Luton South) (Lab/Co-op) Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Jun 2018, 1:45 p.m.

The project will likely span multiple Parliaments, and certainly successive Administrations, so does the Secretary of State agree that it would be frankly incredible for a party of government not to have a clear position on this proposal when it comes to be voted on in Parliament? Will he therefore confirm the whipping arrangements for his own party? Can he suggest any mechanisms that might allow some individuals to take a different view while maintaining collective responsibility?

Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling - Parliament Live - Hansard

It is for each party to decide its own whipping arrangements—I have no doubt that is what will happen. On the timetable, I expect to reach the completion of the DCO process late in this Parliament. I hope we can get going on building this runway in the early 2020s, if the House gives its consent over the next couple of weeks. I hope all parties that aspire to govern this country in the post-Brexit world will unite behind a proposal of vital strategic importance.