§ Norman Baker
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what(a) research he has commissioned and (b) steps he has initiated to facilitate the incorporation of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading System. 
§ Mr. McNulty
The information requested is as follows:
- (a) There is a growing body of research on emissions trading, some of it funded or part funded by the Department for Transport. Recent examples include projects by (i) ICF Consulting for the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (ii) OXERA for BAA plc and (iii) The Institute of Applied Ecology for the German Environment Agency. The European Commission is also in the process of letting a major research contract to consider the incorporation of aviation into the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
- (b) The Department is having discussions with stakeholders and other EU States to gather support for the UK's initiative and seek views on potential answers to some of the difficult design issues.