§ Mr. Harry Greenway (Ealing, North)
The petition of the residents of the Ealing, North constituency—I am presenting a sample of up to 10,000 signatures—declares that they totally oppose plans to extend Northolt airport, including proposals contained in the United Kingdom airport capacity report of the Select Committee on Transport 1995–96, as they would lead to a vast increase in aircraft noise and pollution levels, and would create impossible traffic levels, which have already increased excessively because of Northolt's proximity to Heathrow airport. Any such expansion would make life intolerable for the people of the area.
The fact that up to 10,000 people have already signified their resolute opposition to the proposals of the Select Committee on Transport—these are people within or very close to my constituency—is a clear sign that it would be very wrong of the Government to accept a preposterous proposal that would so damage the lives of my constituents as to make them unbearable.
They believe—I strongly support them—that the Government should reject the all-party suggestion out of hand:The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons makes it clear to Her Majesty's Government that they are totally opposed to any expansion of Northolt Airport and in particular that they are totally opposed to the 1995–96 Parliamentary Select Committee on Transport's 2nd Report on UK Airport Capacity which recommends the further expansion of Northolt Airport on a complementary basis to Heathrow Airport.
§ I beg leave to present the petition.
§ To lie upon the Table.