§ Mr. Spring
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions about incoming passenger and airport capacity in England. 
§ Janet Anderson
[holding answer 8 March 1999]: Discussions took place at official level last year on incoming passenger forecasts. My Department's new Tourism Strategy, "Tomorrow's Tourism", makes explicit reference to the Government's work on preparing a UK airports policy looking some 30 years ahead which will reflect our policies on sustainable development and integrated transport. My Department and DETR will maintain close liaison during the preparation of this document.