HC Deb 26 January 1988 vol 126 c141W
Mr. Gordon Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultations have taken place on the creation of new port facilities, or the expansion of existing port facilities, to land imported coal; and with whom.

Mr. David Mitchell

The provision of port facilities for unloading coal is a matter for users and port operators.

Landing Take offs Total
Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
Winter 1986–87 2,256 82 490 18 2,746 100
Summer 1987 1,348 67 654 33 2,002 100

Dr. Glyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ascertain from the airlines concerned the justification for the night movements in and out of Heathrow attributable to these airlines, and the extent to which such flights could be made in daytime; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

[holding answer 25 January 1988]: The Department consulted airlines about night restrictions at Heathrow in 1986. We consulted again in November on our proposals for future night restrictions. It is clear from their replies that the effectiveness of Heathrow as a major international airport would be seriously impaired if flights now operated at night were required to be by day.