HC Deb 01 February 1982 vol 17 cc6-7W
39. Mr. Coleman

asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he has any proposals for the building of a second terminal at Gatwick airport; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sproat

The BAA's proposals for a second terminal at Gatwick have been the subject of a public inquiry. The inspector's report recommending that outline planning permission be granted for this development, subject to certain conditions, was published on 13 November 1981. My right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment and for Trade have said that they are inclined to accept the inspector's recommendation but before reaching a final decision they have invited the parties to comment on the implications of new air traffic forecasts published after completion of the inquiry. The representations received are being considered and a decision will be made as soon as possible.