HC Deb 22 February 1988 vol 128 c71W
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.