Week 1 December 2011

Week 1 3-9 December 2011 Parliamentary and Government News


Central Government and Agencies
Treasury stands firm on Air Passenger Duty (APD).
Government boosts preparations to tackle severe weather and avoid winter travel disruption.

Westminster Committees  
Transport Select Committee hears from a range of stakeholders on the Draft Civil Aviation Bill.      
Environmental regulator.         
Legal basis needed for taking account of airport customers’ views.  
Security model could be improved.   

House of Commons Statements   
Greening makes statement on EU Transport Council.           

House of Commons Questions     
Donohoe, B – Number of people employed in the airport retail sector.    
Gardiner, B. – Air quality, Low Emission Zones (LEZs), and nitrogen dioxide emissions.      
Gardiner, G. – Cabinet Committee involvement in air quality plans.  
Pritchard, M – Impact of not constructing a third runway at Heathrow Airport. 

House of Lords Questions      
Kennedy of Southwark – Capacity at airports around London.           
Soley – Aerospace industry.

Week 2 December 2011

Week 2 10-16 December 2011 Parliamentary and Government News


Central Government and Agencies 
Defra – Statistics on air pollutant emissions      
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) promotes passengers’ interests as focus for aviation policy 

Westminster Committees   
Transport Select Committee hears from CAA and Aviation Minister on draft Civil Aviation Bill     
Transport Select Committee hears from Transport Secretary on the Autumn Statement      
Transport Secretary makes statement on outcomes of the Second EU Transport Council           

House of Commons Questions      
Chapman, J. – Teesside Airport 
Gardiner, B. – National Planning Policy Framework and low carbon transport infrastructure  
Goldsmith, Z. – Defra reviews of EU Directives on air quality and national emissions ceiling 
Goldsmith, Z. – Rail link between Gatwick and Heathrow        
Donohoe, B.; & Smith, H. – New Air Passenger Duty (APD) rates – advice to airline operators        
Donohoe, B.; Smith, H; & Maynard, P. – Simplification of Air Passenger Duty (APD) regime 7
Donohoe, B.; Smith, H.; & Maynard, P. – Costs of Air Passenger Duty (APD) consultation    
Donohoe, B.; Smith, H.; Maynard, P.; & Freer, M. – Reform of Air Passenger Duty (APD)     
Donohoe, B.; Smith, H.; & Maynard, P – APD charges for passengers to Caribbean and Hawaii

House of Lords Questions      
Spicer – Airport capacity (Heathrow)     
Kennedy of Southwark – Airport capacity (London airports)                    

Week 3 December 2011

Week 3 17-23 December 2011 Parliamentary and Government News


SASIG 2011/12 Meeting Date  
Friday 24 February 2012

Central Government and Agencies 
Air Passenger Duty (APD) Statistics Bulletin – October 2011 

European Commission proposes revision of transport guidelines (TEN-T)          

Westminster Committees   
Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee reviews draft planning policy framework      

House of Commons Questions      
Bridgen, A. – Proposed ‘High Speed 2 Ltd.’ railway line route through the Midlands
Eagle, M – Renewable transport fuels
Eagle, M – Proportion of biofuels needed to meet renewable transport fuels target
Goldsmith, Z – Durban Climate Conference (Forestry and Aviation)         
Fitzpatrick, J. – Policy on new runways at London Airports           
Blenkinsop, T. – Teesside Airport 
Eagle, M – Aviation Taxes
Eagle, M. – Air Passenger Duty (APD) – costs and benefits          
Eagle, M. – Air Passenger Duty (APD) – structural changes         

House of Lords Questions      
Bishop of Derby – Government intervention in sale of British Midland International airline  
Myners – Impact of proposed increases in Air Passenger Duty (APD) on UK visitor numbers