HC Deb 18 July 1994 vol 247 c69W
17. Mr. Shersby

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to be able to make a statement on the recommendations of the RUCATSE report on runway capacity in the south-east.

Mr. Norris

We expect to make a statement giving the Government's response to RUCATSE some time before the end of the year.

24. Mr. Peter Ainsworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received regarding the building of a second runway at Gatwick airport.

Mr. Norris

The RUCATSE working group considered a number of possible locations for additional runway capacity to serve the south-east. After the group published its report in July 1993, a period of public consultation was announced. That consultation period ended on 31 May this year. In response to that consultation, my Department has received some 350 responses from organisations and some 4,100 letters from the public, of which some 2,860 referred specifically to the option of runway development at Gatwick.