HC Deb 26 June 2000 vol 352 cc375-6W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what recent representations he has received on the liberalisation of the London-US transatlantic aviation agreement through Heathrow; and if he will make a statement; [127246]

(2) if he will make a statement on the Open Skies agreements between EU countries and the US; and what progress has been made in securing a similar agreement between the UK and the US. [127247]

Mr. Mullin

I have received representations on matters relating to the liberalisation of the UK/US aviation market from all sectors of the UK aviation industry, from consumer interests and from other sources.

A number of EU countries have concluded Open Skies agreements with the US. The UK's goal is a liberalised aviation agreement which goes further than the US template and secures access for UK carriers to the US domestic market.