SASIG 2012/13 Meeting Dates 

Thursday 25 October
Friday 1 March 2013    

  29 September – 5 October 2012 Parliamentary and Government News

Government News

HS2 rail line could be re-routed to Heathrow if the Davies Commission calls for the expansion of Heathrow

Sir John Armitt’s independent infrastructure review
Shadow Chancellor Ed has announced that Sir John Armitt, the Chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority, has agreed to undertake a review to consider how long-term infrastructure decision-making, planning, delivery and finance can be radically improved.

Welsh Assembly debates Enterprise and Business Committee’s Report on International Connectivity through Welsh Ports and Airports and say more needs to be done to develop Wales’ ports and airports as key economic drivers

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has called on the Government to accelerate work to deliver a brand new hub airport in the southeast
Mr Johnson has warned that if the new airport is not delivered in the shortest possible time then the economy of London and the UK will stagnate.  The Mayor also criticised the timetable that the Government has set out for the Davies Commission, which is not currently due to report back until the next Parliament, in 2015. The Mayor believes that the programme of work is too slow and that the economy of London and the UK will suffer as a result of the delay. That deterioration in London’s international connectivity will mean the capital loses ground against its international competitors that will be difficult to recover.


Think tank, Policy Exchange publish ‘Bigger and Quieter: The right answer for aviation’ report
The Committee on Climate Change has said that aviation can increase by 60% without imperilling our global warming targets. In this context the report argues that it is sensible to increase aviation capacity in the South East.  More specifically, the report argues it is sensible to increase hub capacity.

House of Commons Library

‘Taxing Aviation Fuel’ has been published

West Coast Mainline

West Coast Main Line franchise competition cancelled
The Department for Transport admitted to “significant flaws” in evaluating the relative merits of the bids received and will now have to begin the whole process again.

Press Releases

West Coast rail franchise fiasco exposes Government’s shambolic incompetence – Maria Eagle

Franchise farce shows need for public rail network following bid collapse – Plaid Cymru

European News

EU urged by the International Air Transport Association Director General to remove ‘roadblock’ on emissions trading

Party Conferences

An update on the Labour Party Conference will be circulated to the SASIG membership this week. Summary reports will be available on the SASIG website –  Access to these documents will require membership login. 


  6 – 12 October 2012 Parliamentary and Government News

Westminster Committees

Energy and Climate Change Committee evidence session – ‘Inclusion of International Aviation and Shipping Emissions in Carbon Budgets’
The Energy and Climate Change Committee will take evidence in public on the Inclusion of International Aviation and Shipping Emissions in Carbon Budgets at 10.15 am on Tuesday 16 October 2012 in Committee Room 17.

The Committee will hear from:

  • Greg Barker, Energy and Climate Change Minister;
  • David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change;
  • Dr Andy Jefferson, Programme Director, Sustainable Aviation;
  • Andrew Herdman, Board Member, Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) and Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines;
  • Dr Keith Allott, Head of Climate Change, WWF-UK;
  • David Balston, Director of Safety & Environment, UK Chamber of Shipping;
  • Rupert Furness, Deputy Director and Head of Environment Strategy; and
  • Emma Campbell, Deputy Director, Environment and International Transport Economics, Department for Transport.

Business, Innovation and Skills Committee on Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Regional Growth Fund
The Committee with discuss progress on Local Enterprise Partnerships and the regional growth fund at 9.30am on Tuesday 16 October 2012 in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

The Committee will hear from:

  • Michael Fallon, Business Minister


Both sessions will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee Rooms and timings are subject to change.

Government News

London Mayor’s Aviation Advisor, Daniel Moylan, makes case for Thames Airport

Wandsworth Council urges Government to bring forward airport capacity decision

House of Lords Questions

Release of further details on the Independent Commission– Lord Jenkin of Roding – 9 Oct. 2012 (see written question – ‘Aviation’)

Independent Aviation Connectivity Commission

BAA Ltd chief executive Colin Matthews calls on aviation inquiry to consider ‘all options’ for UK capacity expansion

West Coast Mainland

Louise Ellman, Chair of the Transport Select Committee writes to the Secretary of State about cancellation of the West Coast Mainline franchise

Party Conferences

An update on the Conservative Party Conference will be circulated to the SASIG membership next week. Summary reports of the Liberal Democrat and Labour Party fringe events are available on the SASIG website –  Access to these documents will require membership login.


  13 – 19 October 2012 Parliamentary and Government News

Government News

Department for Transport to provide £170 million road boost for local economies
The Highways Agency is to deliver 57 vital road improvements to boost the economy, reduce congestion and improve safety.  This investment will support several local development plans, including M27 access for Southampton Airport;  M18 access to Robin Hood Doncaster Airport; M5 access to Bristol airport; M42 access to Birmingham International Airport; A1(M) access to Luton Airport; and A120 access to Stansted Airport.

London Assembly Health and Environment Committee to look at curbing airplane noise and emissions
The meeting can be viewed via the webcast

Department for Energy and Climate Change publishes “Updated short-term traded carbon values used for UK public policy appraisal

A Government review of planning practice guidance is being undertaken by former MP Lord Taylor

CAA enrol external executives to monitor modernisation programme of its processes and procedures to ensure effective and efficient regulation

Gatwick Airport to develop options for a new runway
Gatwick Airport Limited is beginning detailed work on the options for a new runway. This will be submitted to the Independent Commission on Aviation Connectivity.  Gatwick Airport bosses say the submission to the Commission will be consistent with Gatwick’s commitment to the 1979 legal agreement with West Sussex County Council. That agreement prohibits Gatwick from constructing a new runway before 2019.

New laws to support growth through investment and infrastructure to ensure the country can compete globally

House of Commons Questions

Benefits of Birmingham Airport expansion – Garnier, M – 18 Oct. 2012 (see ‘topical questions’)

Urgency for Independent Commission to report its findings – Macleod, M – 18 Oct. 2012 (see ‘topical questions’)

Request to bring forward the publication of the Independent Commission’s findings on aviation capacity – Goldsmith, Z -18 Oct. 2012 (see ‘Aviation: South East’)

Policy on the amendment or repeal of the Airport Authority Act 1966 – Goldsmith, Z – 18 Oct. 2012

Plans to adapt the HS2 route to Heathrow Airport – Fabricant, M – 17 Oct. 2012

Heathrow Airport runway alternation – Goldsmith, Z – 17 Oct. 2012

Policy on Air Passenger Duty – Coaker, V – 15 Oct. 2012

West Coast Mainline

Department for Transport (DfT) announces two independent investigations will be undertaken following cancellation of franchise bid
DfT have started negotiations with Virgin Rail Group, intending them to remain as operator of passenger services for the West Coast Main Line for around 9 to 13 months while DfT run a competition for an interim franchise agreement.


  20 – 26 October 2012 Parliamentary and Government News

Government News

HS2 compensation to be ‘comprehensive’
The article notes that the first phase of HS2 will include a connection to mainland Europe via the Channel Tunnel. On completion of HS2 the network will include a direct link to Heathrow.

Events and Speeches

Simon Burns speech to the Airport Operators Association
A summary of this speech, supplied by DeHavilland, is here.

McLoughlin makes statement on High Speed Two compensation measures (see ‘Transport’, ‘High Speed 2’)

Westminster Debates and Legislation

23 Oct. 2012 – Lords Second Reading – Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill

Press Releases

UK airport trade body and business join forces to call on Government to stop dithering over aviation policy – The Airport Operators Association (AOA)

Draft Aviation Policy Framework

Bristol Airport response to the Draft Aviation Policy Framework consultation

House of Commons Questions

UK aerospace industry investment – Stephenson, A – 25 Oct. 2012

Heathrow Airport Air Pollution – Goldsmith, Z – 24 Oct. 2012

Investment in Durham Tees Valley Airport – Blenkinsop, T – 24 Oct. 2012

Reporting date of the Independent Commission on Aviation – Goldsmith, Z – 22 Oct. 2012 (see ‘Transport’, ‘Aviation’)

Extension of Crossrail Line to Stansted Airport – Goldsmith, Z – 22 Oct. 2012

Crossrail Line to Stansted and Heathrow Airport – Goldsmith, Z – 22 Oct. 2012


  Aug. 2011-12 CAA Airport Traffic Stats (Reported in Oct. 2012)