HC Deb 30 July 1998 vol 317 cc418-9W
Ms Moran

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what research his Department has undertaken into business aviation in the South East; and if he will make a statement. [54627]

Ms Glenda Jackson

The Department of Transport and the Department of Trade and Industry published a report on Business Aviation in 1995. My Department has also recently let a consultancy contract for a study of business aviation in the South East, to update that earlier report. The consultants are undertaking a two-part study which should provide consistent background information, amongst other things, on the size of the current market, likely future demand, and availability of facilities and capacity, against which local and Central Government, airport operators, business aviation operators and other interested parties can base future decisions about the provision of Business Aviation.

The first part of the study, which involved an audit of demand and capacity, has not been completed and copies of the interim report have been placed in the House of Commons Library.

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