Planning for Britain’s future aviation needs (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
June 18, 2014
Question By: 
Kit Malthouse
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Sir Howard Davies, Former Chair of the Airports Commission

Question

Kit Malthouse AM:  I wanted to ask, in terms of the studies you do, whether you are looking at safety.  Within living memory we have the Staines air disaster from Heathrow.  It was only in 2009 I think that plane made it in over the fence, you remember, and crash-landed just on the apron.  We have been lucky so far.  The 118 people who died on the plane at Staines were not lucky but obviously you understand what I mean.  I wondered whether you were looking at the possible impact or greater possibility of an impact of some sort of civil emergency in the event of an expanded Heathrow or indeed the other options.

 

Sir Howard Davies (Chair - Airports Commission):  Yes, we are asking.  The CAA is the principal authority responsible for this and they are looking at all of the options put forward and advising us on them and on the safety implications.  Yes, that is a very important part of --

 

Kit Malthouse AM:  OK and as part of your publication, when it eventually comes, will you be publishing some of the statistical stuff?  My assumption is, if there are more runways at Heathrow, there is a greater possibility of there being an air disaster, just because greater volume leads to that as much more likely to be the case.  Will you publish that?  Also then, because this is a cost, and I proposed this question to the Mayor, in the event of an expanded Heathrow, if there is a greater risk, then there is also an impact in terms of the emergency services.  What response might there have to be with the infrastructure around that to cope with what could be an enormous problem?

Answer

Answer for Planning for Britain’s future aviation needs (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Planning for Britain’s future aviation needs (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
Sir Howard Davies, Former Chair of the Airports Commission

Sir Howard Davies (Chair - Airports Commission):  Yes, we will.  The principle on which we have operated is that we publish everything.  There are a few bits of commercially confidential things that have been put to us that we have some concerns about but generally we will and we will publish that safety assessment, yes.

 

Kit Malthouse AM:  OK, thank you.