§ Sir John Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the estimated cost of the Stansted airport inquiry.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
The estimated cost to the Exchequer of the Stansted inquiry, including accommodation for the remaining session at Quendon and the forthcoming sessions to consider Uttlesford district council's application to develop a fifth terminal at Heathrow but excluding the salaries and associated costs of departmental staff concerned with the inquiry, is £988,000. This total primarily reflects the anticipated duration of the inquiry.