Estuary Airport and the Davies Commission

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1165
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Considering that the Mayor's Estuary Airport was not shortlisted, with the Davies Commission requiring much work to be undertaken this year before it may well be, and given that the Mayor has already spent £3.2m to date, can he outline whether it is the GLA or the Commission that will pay for the additional work required, and how much he is budgeting for?

Answer

Answer for Estuary Airport and the Davies Commission

Answer for Estuary Airport and the Davies Commission

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In accordance with the GLA Act (1999) as amended, the Mayor of London has a duty to prepare statutory plans and policies for the capital which cover a wide range of spatial planning and development issues, and together, set an overall vision for London.  Major changes to airport infrastructure or operations in and around London will significantly impact several of these policy areas. It is therefore only right and proper that I should seek to dedicate an appropriate level of resource to ensure that London's interests are protected in the aviation policy debate.

In their next phase of work, the Commission will look in detail at plans to expand Heathrow and Gatwick as well as conducting further work on an Inner Thames Estuary airport option. The Airports Commission will bear the full cost of all the additional technical work it undertakes in relation to the Inner Thames Estuary option.

I want to ensure that they, and the Government, have the evidence they need to make the decision that is right for London and the UK in the long-term.