Night Flights

MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What does the Mayor hope to achieve in taking the Government to court over night flights and did he consider all interests before deciding to support this initiative?


Answer for Night Flights

Answer for Night Flights

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I did not `take the Government to court over night flights'. The case was brought by solicitors acting on behalf of eight affected residents. There has been a series of legal actions since a change in 1993 in the way night flights were regulated " this is not an issue between me and the present Government. I did, of course, consider all interests, including economic, before deciding to join with local boroughs - of all political persuasions - in making up a shortfall in costs already incurred. The case can be seen as clarifying an important area of human rights. The European Court in Strasbourg is now expected to decide after Christmas.