§ 30. Mr. Soames
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on runway capacity in the south-east of England.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The 1985 White Paper "Airports Policy" (Cmnd 9542) set out the pattern of airport development to meet the demand for air travel into the mid-1990s. We naturally keep the adequacy of capacity, including runway capacity, under review—as does the Civil Aviation Authority which has a statutory duty to make formal recommendations to my right hon. Friend on such matters.